Brazilian Worker Center

Fighting for Social and Economic Justice

Action Center/Protests

The Brazilian Immigrant Center Stands in Solidarity with the Hyatt Workers

On Monday August 31, 2009 managers at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge and Hyatt Harborside Hotel in East Boston summoned their entire housekeeping staff and fired everyone on the spot.  Many of the workers, the majority of whom are women and immigrants, had been employed by Hyatt for over 20 years. Some housekeepers claim they were made to train their own replacements after being told that the new workers were vacation fill-ins. Management immediately outsourced the jobs to a staffing company which paid their replacements the minimum wage. Some temp housekeepers claim they now clean 9 more rooms a day and get paid almost half the wage.

The housekeepers decided to fight back and launched a boycott of Hyatt properties. Hyatt has singled itself out as the worst employer in the hotel industry. Hyatt abuses housekeepers while being one of the most profitable hotel companies in the country. Already, many groups have decided to cancel events at Hyatt in support of the boycott.

You can support these workers by pledging to personally honor the Hyatt boycott. If your professional or personal organizations are planning events at Hyatt, please do not attend and work with the organization to find a responsible venue.

updated: 7 years ago