UNITE HERE, which represents the striking employees, says the workers have been without a contract for two years. It calls Hyatt "the worst employer in the hotel industry."
As far as I can gather, the collective barganing rights of Hyatt employees are not at stake. But if they are, here is what then-Sen. Obama said in 2007:
And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I'll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.But Senator Obama did walk the picket line at Chicago's Congress Hotel. Disclosure--I used to work there.
UNITE HERE filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board against Pritzker's Park Hyatt Chicago after turning on the heat lamps at the front door of the property on a hot day during a one day strike--broiling the picketers. Nice people, those Hyatt folks.
It's a cool 70 degrees in Chicago this afternoon, and as far as I can tell the heat lamps have not been turned on at any of the Hyatts coping with strikes.
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