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Boycotts Launched at Hyatt Regency Properties for Sale
September 28, 2010 - Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H) is currently exploring the sale of number of properties. Three of the properties being sold, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, are embroiled in labor disputes. Workers at these hotels have asked management to enter into labor peace agreements. Such agreements, also known as card check/neutrality agreements, are designed to establish ground rules for both the union and employer which enables business operations to proceed without the detrimental impact of a labor dispute. Hyatt has rejected their employees’ overtures, inviting disputes.
In the last two weeks, boycotts were launched of the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Indianapolis properties. These hotels have been the sites of recent demonstrations by workers and community supporters. The boycotts of these properties represent the latest escalation in a labor dispute with Hyatt locally and nationally. It brings the total number of boycotted Hyatt properties to 16 in the US and Canada.
Earlier this month, Congressman Andre Carson joined workers on the picket line in front of the Hyatt Indianapolis. Community organizations that run events worth $500,000 a year have already pledged not to eat, drink or meet at the Hyatt Indianapolis until the dispute is resolved. At the Hyatt Long Beach, the boycott follows numerous demonstrations and a wage and hour lawsuit that seeks class action certification.
The loss of group business will result in additional costs to properties that may have other capital needs.
For more information, visit http://www.hyattlabordisputes.org.
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