USA: American Rights at Work alleges that Hyatt opposes Senate bill that would improve worker health & safety

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14 August 2011

Hyatt's response

Author: Hyatt

The most recent blog posting by American Rights At Work inaccurately represents Hyatt’s position on proposed legislation in California and makes other inaccurate statements about working conditions at Hyatt…California’s SB 432…unfortunately increases a housekeeper’s workload by adding additional steps to bed-making that are not necessary or helpful… Hyatt takes a number of important steps to make the best possible work environment for…[its] employees, especially…housekeepers…The…”study” published in the American journal of Industrial Medicine…distorted…outdated data to achieve a result that was negative to the industry. Hyatt, in an effort to have an accurate discussion of the issue, commissioned a professional analysis of the UniteHere study by Dr. Jane Derebery…who concluded that the study reaches “assertions that are unsupported by the limited, significantly-confounded observational study that its authors conducted.

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4 August 2011

Hyatt’s painful anti-worker stance [USA]

Author: Will McDonald, American Rights at Work Blog

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.

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