Brothers and Sisters,
Last Tuesday, housekeepers at 12 Hyatt hotels simultaneously filed health and safety complaints against Hyatt Corporation to draw public attention to the high rate of injuries among Hyatt housekeepers. a national press conference was held in the U.S. and for the first time, housekeepers began stepping out of the shadows, together, to tell their stories of pain. Women in both union and non-union Hyatt hotels shared stories of serious injury and, in some cases, permanent disability. Filipina housekeepers in a number of cities took leadership in filing the health and safety complaints (see links to news stories below).
Here in Vancouver, our women’s solidarity action will happen in coordination with women’s actions across Canada and in the U.S. We want to show Hyatt Corporation the power of women leaders standing together with Hyatt housekeepers to fight for safe jobs. Women elected leaders, community leaders, labour and faith leaders will be coming together to deliver a message to Hyatt management to stop the pain.
On November 18, we’ll meet on the Burrard Street sidewalk in front of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver at 7:30AM.
If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP. And spread the word to your sister-colleagues, friends and family.
See you at the Hyatt!
Lynn Flandera, Local 40