Housekeepers from across the U.S. say to Hyatt: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!
May 10, 2011
Hyatt housekeepers across the U.S. are out talking to community and business leaders, asking them to join housekeepers in sending a message to Hyatt to clean up its act.
Hyatt Hotels abuse housekeepers. Hyatt—a company run by billionaires–has eliminated jobs, replaced career housekeepers with minimum wage temporary workers, and imposed dangerous workloads on those who remain. Now Hyatt housekeepers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Chicago, Boston, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Indianapolis are bringing their stories to the public, on calling on them for support.
Nearly all hotel housekeepers are women. The majority are women of color and immigrants. In a 2010 study of hotel worker injuries from 50 U.S. hotels published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, housekeepers working at Hyatt hotels had the highest injury rate of those hotels studied. Over time, cleaning hotel rooms can lead to debilitating injuries. Lifting mattresses that can weigh over 100 pounds or bending down to scrub bathroom floors all take a physical toll.
At some Hyatt hotels, room attendants clean as many as 30 rooms a day, nearly double what is typically required in union hotels. This workload leaves room attendants as little as 15 minutes to clean a room—that’s 15 minutes to make beds, scrub clean the toilet bowl, bathtub and all bathroom surfaces, dust, vacuum, empty the trash, change linens—among other things.
For more info, visit www.HotelWorkerRising.org.