For immediate release
September 29, 2009
Sixty Foot "Hope Quilt" to Highlight Grueling Conditions for Room Attendants in City's Luxury Hospitality Industry
|What:||Nearly 350 hotel workers and housekeepers will be joined on by prominent women leaders, students, community and clergy leaders on a 1 mile pilgrimage from the Hilton Long Beach to the Hyatt Long Beach, carrying the "Hope Quilt" and launching the 7-city nationwide "Hope for Housekeepers" National Tour.|
|When:||Wednesday, September 30, 5:30-7:00PM
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Housekeeper March from Hilton to Hyatt
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Clergy Blessing of Quilt & Launch of Tour
March begins at Hilton Long Beach
Maria Elena Durazo, L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
|Visuals:||Hope Quilt (7 feet wide by 60 feet long), Hotel workers in uniforms, Housekeepers in wheelchairs, Signs, Drummers|
"Hope for Housekeepers" is a national movement of women, founded by Hyatt housekeepers across the country to stop the abuse of women in the hotel industry and bring a message of hope to fellow Hyatt housekeepers and the thousands of women working as housekeepers across the globe.
Hyatt housekeepers are organizing a seven-city tour, starting with Long Beach, featuring the symbol of their movement — the Hope Quilt. This quilt stitches together the stories of Hyatt housekeepers and the pain they endure everyday just to provide for their families. Each patch symbolizes a story of pain, injury, and even death or miscarriage brought upon by the heavy burden of their workloads.
Hyatt housekeepers often clean up to 30 hotel rooms a day in just eight hours, and many forgo health insurance for their families because of the high cost. Hyatt is also slashing jobs, discarding women like the Boston Hyatt 100 Housekeepers, who were fired after training their replacements from an outsourcing agency.
Visit www.hotelworkersrising.org/hope for more information.