Hyatt workers protest in response to alleged abuse
BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Protesters picket outside the Hyatt in Boston as part of a global boycott.
Workers for the hotel are boycotting in response to the hotel company's alleged abuse of its workers and low wages.
Other groups including the NFL players association have pledged their support to the workers.
Phil Stamm, GM of Hyatt Regency Boston, released the following statement on Thursday: "At Hyatt, we understand that the satisfaction and wellbeing of our associates is fundamental to our ability to provide our guests with authentic hospitality. We are proud of our commitment to our associates and Hyatt hotels continue to receive recognition from independent parties as a great place to work.
The demonstrations are part of professional union organizing effort driven by UniteHere leadership and hired consultants.
We remain committed to Boston and to our associates. We are proud of the contributions we make to the community and economy in Massachusetts. We are committed to providing the excellent level of service that our guests have come to expect."
This isn't the first time Hyatt workers have protested the company's abuse of its workers and low wages.
Workers also protested the corporation in September 2009 when Hyatt Hotel Corp., citing declining revenues, laid off the Boston-area housekeepers and replaced them with lower-paid workers from a Georgia company. Gov. Patrick supported them, instructing state employees to stop doing business with Hyatt hotels until it rehired the 100 housekeepers it fired.