UNITE HERE: Federal trial against Hyatt Regency Baltimore for labor charges
BALTIMORE, Jan. 14, 2013
Complaint issued by NLRB alleges unlawful firings, threats and surveillance of
BALTIMORE, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --After issuing a complaint
against the Hyatt Regency Baltimore for violating federal labor law, a trial
has been scheduled between Hyatt workers and the company. The complaint issued
by the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charges
the company with unjust firings, threats and surveillance of union supporters.
The trial begins today, January 14 at 9:00 a,m. at the NLRB Region 5 office
(Bank of America Center-Tower II, 100 S. Charles Street).
Charges issued by the federal government resulted from an extensive
investigation that began after Hyatt terminated several workers leading an
effort to unionize the Hyatt Regency Baltimore this summer. Other workers
reported in the investigation being surveilled by Hyatt management or
threatened with arrest for leafleting. Hyatt was given an opportunity to
present its own witnesses and documents.The federal agency is now prosecuting
Hyatt, alleging a variety of unlawful activities, such as unjustly firing
union supporters, threating workers with arrest for lawfully leafleting
customers on Hyatt property, threatening workers for supporting the union,
disciplining union supporters unjustly, and surveilling union activity.
"I am proud that so many of my co-workers have stepped forward to make sure
Hyatt doesn't get away with breaking the law," said Mike Jones, Hyatt steward.
"The Labor Board can't win this fight for us, but this trial is an important
step in showing Hyatt that we won't give up until we win."
Several community leaders have spoken out in support of fired Hyatt workers,
including President of the Baltimore Chapter NAACP Tessa Hill-Aston, President
of the Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO Ernie Greco, and Father Ty Hullinger,
St. Anthony's de Padua.
These complaints add to a litany of controversies that have positioned Hyatt
as the worst hotel employer in North America. Hyatt has been criticized for
its abuse of housekeepers, aggressive subcontracting practices, and unjust
firing of workers who have spoken out against mistreatment.
Workers at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore have been organizing since early June
2012. The majority of hotels in Baltimore are nonunion, and the effort by
Hyatt Regency workers to organize is the first of its kind at that hotel in
decades. City leaders hoped to revive the Baltimore economy by investing in
the hospitality industry, and the Hyatt Regency was the first
heavily-subsidized major hotel project in Baltimore. Sadly today, many jobs at
the Hyatt are subcontracted to temp agencies paying workers poverty wages with
UNITE HERE Local 7 represents workers in Baltimore's hospitality, food
service, and gaming industries. Workers are available for interview. For more
information, visit www.HyattHurts.org.
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