Hyatt has come under pressure for replacing 98 employees in Boston, all part of the housekeeping staff, with outsourced workers earning half the wages. Last week, Hyatt offered all 98 positions with United Services Company, a staffing organization used by Hyatt. The workers would keep their Hyatt pay rate through the end of 2010 and their Hyatt health insurance through March. Today, 77 of the 98 met at the Unite Here Local 26 union office and unanimously voted to reject Hyatt’s offer. They want their old jobs back and nothing else.
The union has declared an official boycott on Hyatt, although the housekeepers are not part of the union, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has also declared a state boycott of Hyatt.Hyatt Update: Fired Workers Reject Hyatt's Offer by Harrison Barnes