Saturday, September 26, 2009

9/26/'09 Five Minute Riffs

I am outraged with the audacity of the Hyatt Hotel. Last week they fired , dismissed, terminated ninety-eight housekeeping employees, many of whom had worked for Hyatt for ten to twenty years. Prior to the firing— these employees, without their knowledge, trained their replacements. These replacements, outsourced from a company in Georgia, are being paid almost half the salary of the displaced employees. In addition they received few benefits. The employees who were dismissed , all nonunion, received a few week's pay and a wave goodbye. Because the governor of Massachusetts warned that he would not stay at a Hyatt and favored a boycott by state employees— the Hyatt offered a peace pipe. Not all peace pipes are that—this one is made to sound as if it is real, but it offered jobs, albeit not the lost jobs, and only guaranteed the jobs and health benefits until March. Can't we see the handwriting on the wall.

The Hyatt says it needs to cut costs. Did any or all of their to salaried executives take a pay cut. We should all be picketing the hotel chain.

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