More than 100 workers, advocates, and students launched a boycott on March 27 of a DoubleTree Suites hotel owned by Harvard University.
Starting at the iconic John Harvard statue in the heart of campus, the group marched one mile together to the DoubleTree to rally with other students and members of other local unions.
The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston-Cambridge, located just across the Charles River from the Harvard’s main campus. The university bought the hotel in January 2005 and reportedly makes $20 million per year from its investment there. Hilton manages the hotel.
Harvard Law School dining hall workers are already members of Local 26, having organized through a fair process in 2011. A supermajority of workers at the DoubleTree signed the petition demanding a fair process to join Local 26 over one year ago, but neither Hilton nor Harvard has yet acted on the workers’ demands.
The boycott has earned the support of the Harvard Undergraduate Council and Harvard Graduate School Council. One student leader with the campus group Student Labor Action Movement wrote a report showing that working conditions at the DoubleTree are far worse than those of direct Harvard employees. Read the report or the campus press.