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September 13, 2011

Thousands of Hyatt workers to return to work, kick off next phase of campaign against Hyatt

What: Solidarity march and rallies on final day of week-long strike at Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency hotels.

Who: Hundreds of striking Hyatt workers, other hotel workers, labor unions, community allies, and religious leaders.

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Schedule of Events:

4:15 PM Solidarity rally at Union Square (speaking program with community allies, labor leaders, clergy)

4:35 PM March to Grand Hyatt and on to Hyatt Regency

5:15-5:30 PM Picket line at Hyatt Regency

5:30 PM Rally at Hyatt Regency (speaking program with striking workers, union leaders)

Where: Starts at Union Square (corner of Powell and Geary).  March proceeds to Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency hotels.

Why: At the end of a successful seven-day strike at the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency hotels, Hyatt workers and their allies will rally and march to kick off the next phase of the campaign to end Hyatt’s abuse.  At a time when many unions are fighting just to hold onto what they have, Hyatt workers have gone aggressively on the offense. The 700 San Francisco strikers are fighting not just for their own wages and benefits, but for their fundamental right to stand in solidarity with other Hyatt workers.  They are demanding the right to take economic action against Hyatt abuses, wherever they may occur.

“The strike is ending,” says Antonia Cortez, a 35-year room cleaner at the Grand Hyatt, “but the boycott is about to kick into a higher gear.  It will probably take us a few days to clean up the mess the managers made of the hotel while we were out.  Then we’re jumping right back into the fight.”

Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency workers will return to work at 12:00 AM Thursday, but the boycott of the Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and 15 other Hyatt properties will remain in place.  Workers are calling on all customers not to eat, sleep, meet, or spend any money at boycotted Hyatts.  Hyatt has lost over $20 million in hotel business as a result of the boycott.  Boycotted hotels are the site of frequent picket lines, demonstrations, strikes, and other actions.

Photograph Copyright David Bacon

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