LOS ANGELES – Just days before Labor Day, Hyatt workers here and in several cities across North America are striking, as part of a wave of demonstrations this week by thousands of hotel workers protesting Hyatt (NYSE: H) and its billionaire ownership family, the Pritzkers. Workers say the company is trying to make the recession permanent for its employees, despite significantly improving industry conditions and Hyatt’s increased profitability and huge cash reserves.
"Life has been very difficult for my family since the Hyatt eliminated my bartending position two years ago," said Sonia Cruz, a 17-year Hyatt Century Plaza employee. "I have had to piece together shifts, working in various positions and still most weeks, only getting three days of work. As business improves in the hotel, we want the Hyatt to reinstate our jobs, add shifts to the schedule and let the workers share in the economic recovery."
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