The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Workers Protest Hyatt Layoffs

Sep 28, 2009

Ninety-eight housekeepers at Hyatt hotels in Boston were laid off without warning. Some had worked there more than 20 years. Their jobs were filled by a low-wage company called Hospitality Staffing Solutions. It pays only half what housekeepers had been earning.

Hyatt is one of the largest hotel chains in the world, owned in its majority by the family of founder Jay Pritzker, one of the biggest capitalists in the world.

Members of the Pritzker family have 11 spaces on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. Their money and connections helped put Obama in the White House.

This filthy rich family tried to push housekeepers out the door simply because they thought they could get away with it! The Pritzkers, however, had to think again. They and their hotels got bad publicity when workers laid down in the streets of Chicago and Boston, in demonstrations organized by the union Unite Here.

Hyatt tried to counter the bad press on September 26 by offering the housekeepers new jobs at three different employment agencies. Management claimed the housekeepers would be able to keep their benefits and same hourly wages – until “some time” next year.

The next step is up to the workers.