Hotel Cleaners Receive New Jobs
Hyatt Hotels Corp., responding to public outcry, political pressure, and threatened boycotts, offered the 98 housekeepers it fired last month new jobs at their old wages, a move that was met with mixed reaction by those who protested the firings, according to reports from The Boston Globe.
Hyatt said it is offering the housekeepers at the three Boston-area Hyatts, who had been abruptly replaced by lower-wage workers, full-time positions with United Service Cos., a Chicago-based staffing organization that the hotel chain uses for contract labor. Hyatt said those who accept the positions will be paid at their full Hyatt wage rate through the end of next year. Those who don’t take the jobs will be offered training and career assistance and will receive their Hyatt wages through the end of March or until they land a permanent job.
Hyatt’s decision to fire its Boston housekeepers Aug. 31, as a cost-saving move, provoked an extraordinary standoff between a group of $15-an-hour workers and their allies - among them Governor Deval Patrick - and a billion-dollar company.
The housekeepers at the three Hyatt hotels - the Hyatt Regency Boston, the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and the Hyatt Harborside at Logan International Airport - were replaced by employees of an Atlanta outsourcing firm, Hospitality Staffing Solutions, who make $8 an hour.
The housekeepers, some of whom had worked for the chain for more than 20 years, have said they were told to train the workers as vacation fill-ins, a claim Hyatt and Hospitality Staffing Solutions deny.
In addition to the new job offer, Hyatt said it is extending health care coverage through the end of March for employees who take positions at the hotels, hospitals, and shopping centers that United Services Cos. serves. After that, the housekeepers can get health benefits through the outsourcing company itself. Housekeepers who don’t want to take one of these jobs will be offered training and career assistance through the employment services companies Manpower and Right Management.
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