That’s what just happened to Hyatt workers in Boston, as not only people in Massachusetts but around the country know by now. The governor has called the Hyatt CEO to register his concern, there’s been a rally of hundreds of people and Rep. Michael Capuano (also a Senate candidate) has called for a boycott, columnists as far away as Ohio have registered their disgust, and USA Today readers don’t like it either.
But ultimately, only Hyatt management gets to make this decision. That’s the state of labor law in the US today. Which is why, back in July, when Marriott “suspended measuring hours worked to maintain health care benefits,” I argued that though that was a great decision by an employer, it was also a reason this country needs stronger unions (in addition to, as Ezra Klein had argued, health care reform). It’s also a reason we need major labor law reform. Because you shouldn’t have to depend on getting lucky with a good boss-on working for Marriott, not Hyatt.
Hyatt management makes the decision-do right, or do wrong-but we can certainly all let them know what we think of the one they’ve made, and how it will affect our travel plans in future. In particular, if you have any role in the planning of conferences or other group events, let Hyatt know how many people you represent, and how you feel.
And we can support the Employee Free Choice Act and other labor law reform that will exact a higher price on scumbag employers like Hyatt.