LONG BEACH, CA — Hundreds of hotel workers and labor activists took to the streets last week to launch a national campaign dubbed Hope for Housekeepers
that is designed to spotlight what union leaders call substandard working conditions at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
nationwide, according to the Los Angeles Times
According to the story, the campaign is also part of an ongoing organizing effort at the Hyatt, Hilton
and other non-union hotels in Long Beach.
Hyatt officials rejected union allegations that the hotel abuses its housekeepers and is hostile to organized labor, the story stated.
Jeff C. Pace, general manger at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach
, said: "The safety of our employees is always at the forefront of our minds. We are not anti-union. What we are is pro-employee."
Pro-union hotel workers and their supporters marched for a mile in Long Beach, hoisting a massive quilt that represented the pain and injury that housekeepers often suffer on the job, the story added.
Maria Valdivia, a housekeeper at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, said: "It pains me to tell my kids I don''t have time for them. But sometimes I''m so tired and so achy that I''m just worn out."