Friday, October 19, 2007

Still no Hyatt contract

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A year ago it was huge: Workers at the Denver Hyatt Regency, the convention headquarters hotel, formed a union. Well a year later, the workers still don't have a contract:

More than a year has passed since employees at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Denver became unionized, and workers still don't have a contract negotiating wages or health benefits.

The hotel, located at the Convention Center downtown, was touted as a boon to Denver's bid for the 2008 Democratic Convention when it was announced in late September last year that workers had successfully organized a union, appearing to show that the Mile High City would at least have one unionized hotel for delegates to stay at.

But that may not be the case, if the Hyatt cannot come to an agreement with the labor union representing the hotel employees. A staffer with UNITE HERE, the labor group representing the Hyatt workers, has confirmed that there is still no contract enforcing workplace issues like wages, health benefits, and vacation time.
If there's no contract by next summer, it will be embarrassing for the Democrats to have their convention headquarters at essentially a non-union hotel.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that sucks. I'm sure Howard Dean has a lot to deal with, and it's too bad this is just one more headache piled on to the list.