Hyatt Hotels Corp. has agreed to pay $1 million to 98 housekeepers from the Boston area who were fired five years ago & replaced by outsourced workers who were paid lower wages. The settlement could give workers as much as $40,000. The workers, outraged over unknowingly training those who would become their replacements, organized rallies and boycotts and quickly gained community support.
From an article in the Boston Globe:
Wanda Rosario, 62, who worked at the Hyatt Regency Boston for 24 years, does not yet know the amount of her settlement, but she hoped it would be enough to help her move out of her rent-subsidized apartment in East Boston and buy a house. Rosario has been working at the Boston Park Plaza for more than four years and said that the money will help “close the circle.”
But she warned that if Hyatt opens another non-union hotel in Boston, the company should be prepared for more protests: “They’re going to see me in front of their hotel to try and put a union there.”