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4 Aug 2011

Will McDonald, American Rights at Work Blog

Hyatt’s painful anti-worker stance [USA]

Can you imagine being forced to work on your hands and knees to scrub floors every day, instead of using a mop? It’s back-breaking work. In California right now, there’s a bill that would require hotels to give their housekeepers mops and other simple, common-sense tools that are proven to reduce injuries. But national hotel chain Hyatt has publicly opposed the bill—prioritizing costs above the safety of its own workers...Workers say these small changes would make a major difference, saving them from having to spend hours each day scrubbing floors on their hands and knees, and sparing them the burden of lifting extremely heavy mattresses repeatedly. Hyatt’s anti-mop policy...[is] causing hundreds of injuries each year...[Hyatt has] the highest injury rate in the hotel industry, according to a 2010 study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.