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Housekeepers won't let Hyatt sweep safety record under the rug

December 01, 2010
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CHICAGO — The Hyatt Corporation just posted quarterly profits that jumped 600 percent with their stock prices climbing at around the same rate, according to The Indypendent.
Along with this jumping and climbing, the corporation has taken up running, as in running away from the worst safety record in the industry, the article noted.
Hyatt ranks last in workplace injuries suffered by its housekeeping staff according to UNITE-HERE, the union representing over 100,000 workers in more than 900 hotels in North America, the article stated.
"It is critical that we explore ways of making hotel work safe to reduce the high rates of injury that we see among housekeepers," said occupational health expert Gary Orr.
"Corporate-wide solutions are not only needed but are the most effective and less costly as they can be applied to multiple worksites," Orr added.
According to the article, so far, Hyatt hasn''t budged: Robb Webb, chief human resources officer for Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation called accusations of a dangerous work environment "false" and aimed at increasing union membership and dues.
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