INDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of hotel workers and supporters, including DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, Indianapolis City Council President Maggie A. Lewis and Majority Leader Vernon Brown, took part in a protest outside the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis just 48 hours before Super Bowl kick-off, according to a press release.
Protestors are rallying to show solidarity with Hyatt workers and to demand that Hyatt end its abuse of subcontracted workers by hiring outsourced workers directly, the release stated.
According to the release, just 10 days after area hotel workers filed a federal lawsuit alleging wage and hour violations against Hospitality Staffing Solutions (HSS) and 10 downtown hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Hyatt announced that it would cut ties with the subcontractor.
Hyatt has refused to hire the workers directly, committing only to keeping the agency until the Super Bowl is over, the release noted.
"I''ve worked at the Hyatt for over 30 years in housekeeping, and I''m very proud to be welcoming Super Bowl visitors to Indianapolis. It is a celebration for our city," said Jackie White, who works at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis in the housekeeping department.
"That said, I am concerned about what the legacy of the Super Bowl will be for Indianapolis hotel workers. The Hyatt will be making millions of dollars during the Super Bowl, and we deserve more for the hard work we do," White added.
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