For immediate release
July 19, 2010
Becky Perrine, UNITE HERE
Buyers of Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Santa Clara and Indianapolis may Inherit Labor Disputes, Warns UNITE HERE
Today, UNITE HERE launched hyattlabordisputes.org, a website to inform prospective buyers of Hyatt properties about ongoing labor disputes at a number of these hotels. Hyattlabordisputes.org contains UNITE HERE’s letter to the broker, links to relevant news articles and other valuable resources for buyers.
Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H) is actively marketing a group of 10 Hyatt Regency hotels. Three of them, Santa Clara, Long Beach, and Indianapolis, are embroiled in labor disputes. Workers at these hotels have asked management for a labor peace agreement. Such agreements, also known as card check/neutrality agreements, allow workers to choose whether or not to join a union without employer intimidation. They are designed to establish ground rules for both the union and hotel which enables business operations to proceed without the detrimental impact of a labor dispute. For example, during the term of such an agreement, the Union will not engage in picketing or other economic activity at the hotel. But Hyatt has rejected their employees’ overtures, inviting disputes.
“Since Hyatt has indicated its desire to retain management of these hotels but refuses to honor workers’ requests for a fair process to organize, buyers should be aware of what a long-term relationship with Hyatt could involve,” says John Wilhelm, President of UNITE HERE.
Although these properties are not yet under boycott, UNITE HERE is currently boycotting 7 Hyatt properties elsewhere. In contract negotiations with Hyatt and our affiliates in Los Angeles (Local 11), San Francisco (Local 2), and Chicago (Local 1), requests for labor peace agreements for these properties were put on the table by the Union. Hyatt has denied these requests thus far.
With over 100 affiliates in the US and Canada, UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries in the US and Canada.