Tue Feb 26, 2013, 10:36 PM
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Nation’s Top Latino Civil Rights Groups Join Global Boycott Of Hyatt Hotels
Source: Talking Union
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) joined a global boycott of Hyatt hotels in response to widespread evidence of harmful working conditions for hotel housekeepers, who are predominantly women of color, including Latinas. The groups pledged to not hold any conventions, conferences, special events or major meetings at Hyatt hotels covered by the boycott.
UNITE HERE announced the boycott on July 23, 2012. Since then, the effort to push for the improvement of working conditions and ensure the right of workers to organize has received increasing support from more than 5,000 individuals and organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the NFL Players Association, the National Organization of Women (NOW), Feminist Majority, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Netroots Nation and Interfaith Worker Justice. To date, the boycott has cost the company more than $27 million in business.
“A majority of the Hyatt hotel workers are women. LCLAA supports the boycott to fight back against unscrupulous employers who abuse their Trabajadoras (women workers) by using tactics such as replacing their longtime employees with overworked minimum-wage temporary workers.” Milton Rosado, President for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
“We will not stand by and allow anyone to continue to profit on the injured backs of our trabajadoras. In our research for our “Trabajadoras“ report, data showed that hotel workers are more likely to report injuries on the job if they know they have the right to do so and are associated with organizations that will back them if they are subjected to employer retaliation. We proudly join the thousands of individuals and organizations in supporting the Hyatt trabajadoras through this global Hyatt boycott,” said Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
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