LONG BEACH, CA — Housekeepers from area Hyatt hotels protested working conditions Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, demanding less rigorous cleaning schedules for workers there, according to the Contra Costa Times.
The protest at the hotel came one week after housekeepers at 12 Hyatt properties in eight cities across the United States, including Long Beach, filed injury complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the article stated.
The massive OSHA filing, which organizers said is the first of its kind in the private sector, claims that housekeepers are required to clean as many as 30 rooms a day, which leads to more injuries, the article noted.
According to the article, Hyatt Regency general manager Jeff Pace denied the charges, saying that protesters had inflated the number and that workers'' safety is a top priority.
Pace blamed Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees-Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union
(UNITE-HERE) for creating conflict in an attempt to increase its union membership: Hyatt Regency employees aren''t union members, the article added.
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