By Laura Clawson for Daily Kos Labor, March 26, 2012
Oh, look. More cases of workers losing their jobs just coincidentally as they're organizing for better treatment on the job or to join a union. To Xiomara Perez, the Toll Group truck driver fired for taking a bathroom break, add more than two dozen Walmart warehouse workers laid off and a Hyatt housekeeper suspended, both last week.
To mark International Women’s Day and in solidarity with the ongoing boycott of the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood, a number of organizations showed up at a rally in support of Andaz housekeepers. Groups that joined included California and Hollywood chapters of the National Organization for Women, Stonewall Democratic Club, Democratic Advocates for Disabilities Issues and the Democratic Women of the San Fernando Valley.
March 8, 2012 - Santa Clara, CA - Women from across the Bay Area are speaking out against Hyatt's mistreatment of women in protests at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Grand Hyatt San Francisco. The action, which marks International Women's Day, features a "Clothesline Project" bearing messages and stories of the struggles women face at work. Scores of community leaders and supporters join Hyatt workers in the protests at 8:00 AM in Santa Clara and 12:00 PM in San Francisco.
Thursday's actions come at a time of growing concern over Hyatt's treatment of women workers. Women workers of Hyatt Hotels struggle daily with an employer that injures their bodies, disrespects their rights as mothers, and treats workers as if they are disposable. Hyatt housekeeper injury rates are high, and its subcontractors exploit immigrant women. Hyatt has opposed legislation in California that would make housekeeping work safer.
Last week Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Cheffame was outed by my union, UNITE HERE, Local 11 as being in talks with the Hyatt Andaz hotel to take over the RH restaurant, where I work as a server.
I first became aware of the news when I arrived at a large picket in front of the Hyatt Andaz. The action was two days before Valentine’s Day. I was late to the picket because, as noted in an earlier column, I had to drive my mother-in-law to Walmart — which still pains me to admit.