Why can't anything be simple?
A Day after Mayor Emanuel began to put into action his grand plan to make Chicago the world's most immigrant-friendly city, housekeepers at the Hyatt Regency hotel and other employees in solidarity staged a picket protesting working conditions. Hyatt's response? They turned the heat lamps on the protesters.
Let me repeat that. They turned on the heat lamps in 100+ degree weather as a response to these workers - most of them female housekeeping staff - exercising their constitutionally protected rights to freedom of assembly.
Can you say, "negotiating in bad faith"?
Not all labor negotiations are about money, and it actually took a bit of digging to find out what this was all about - sexual harassment. What these women are really after is an improvement in their working conditions so they can feel safe at work and feel the self-respect that an honest day's work is supposed to confer.
And for that they need to be heard. I suspect that's the real sticking point here. It's not money. There is a contract offer on the table comparable to other recent settlements by major hotel chains ( Trib article). Why then such a malicious act on the part of Hyatt management? I could be wrong, but maybe it's because these women are challenging the belief that they should be seen and not heard.
When these women are dealing with men who strip naked while they're trying to do their jobs and ask, "would you like to make a little extra money for a massage?" how is it much different when they put a contract offer on the table good so long as the women shut up about the harassment?
Doesn't Hyatt have any female executives?
Self-respect. The ability to go to work without being groped or propositioned. Simple stuff right? Turn down the heat, Hyatt and listen to them. Maybe they have a point.