Today is the nationwide hotel worker civil disobedience for fair contracts, affordable health insurance, and respect [ht:sm]. From the Hotel Workers Rising! website:
On July 22, nearly 1000 workers in cities across North America are prepared to take arrest in non-violent civil disobedience demonstrations. We invite you to join thousands of supporters to witness these brave and historic actions.
The rich take unfair advantage of everything . . . even a recession. We’ve endured staff cuts, reduced hours, and excessive injury rates. Meanwhile, the Pritzker Family—one of the wealthiest and most politically influential families in America—banked over $900 million in one day when Hyatt became a publicly traded company in November 2009. Still, Hyatt wants to take more away and lock us into recession contracts even as the economy rebounds.
Now thousands of Hotel Workers are doing what every American and Canadian should be doing . . . standing up to people like the wealthy Pritzker Family who run Hyatt—those who are taking unfair advantage.
Standing together on July 22: Vancouver, Honolulu, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Clara, Miami, Pittsburgh, Long Beach, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Toronto, Rosemont, Boston, and Sacramento
Hotel workers have struggled for dignity in the workplace for some time now, and like many industries, it has been especially hard hit by the current recession. If traveling, you can use their guide to union hotels and hotel boycott list.