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Interfaith Worker Justice appeals to faith organizations to avoid contracting with Hyatt hotels identified for boycott

Hyatt is one of the most prosperous companies in the hospitality industry, having recently reported more than 1.6 billion dollars in cash and short term investments. Nevertheless, Hyatt has been laying off its workers and has proposed to significantly reduce their heath benefits in cities across the country. This is unconscionable, particularly among hotel workers who are subject to serious injury and chronic pain, according to a study issued by the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. On August 31, 2009, Hyatt fired 98 room cleaners at three hotels in Boston. Many of these "Hyatt 100" reported that they were asked to train their own replacements. To date, these workers have not been rehired. The company has routinely interfered with employees' efforts to form unions.

As people of faith, we are committed to promoting and preserving the rights of hotel workers, and we have an opportunity to stand with Hyatt workers. We ask that you consider the following when selecting a venue for your organization's conferences and meetings:

  1. Is the hotel and/or conference center currently involved in a labor dispute?
  2. Has the hotel or conference center been identified for boycott? See the list below.
  3. Will the contract you sign with the venue include protective language that will allow you to cancel it in the event of a labor dispute - that is, does it include labor dispute Force Majeure language?

This last question is a crucial one. The force majeure clause is contractual language that permits the cancellation of the contract without penalty in the event of certain developments - like a labor dispute. We urge everyone to make sure that a labor dispute force majeure clause is always included in your contracts with potential venues. The following is a sample of this kind of protective language:

EXCUSED NON-PERFORMANCE DUE TO LABOR DISPUTE. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if performance hereunder would foreseeably involve [Group] in or subject it to the effects of a boycott, strike, lockout, picketing or other labor dispute and [Group] therefore withholds, delays or cancels performance, it shall have no liability there from, provided that [Group] may not withhold, delay or cancel performance based upon a labor dispute involving its own employees. In the event of a cancellation under this Section, neither [Group] nor its members shall have any future obligation under this Agreement, and any deposits or other payments made to the Hotel by [Group] or its members to reserve rooms or other space for use, and/or for services to be provided, shall promptly be refunded to [Group] or its members. This Section shall supersede all other provisions of this Agreement and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of [Group's home state here].

Furthermore, language requiring the hotel/conference facility to disclose any labor disputes would be a prudent measure. Here is a sample:

NOTIFICATION OF LABOR DISPUTE. The Hotel agrees to notify [your Group] in writing within ten (10) days after it becomes aware of any labor relations dispute involving the Hotel and its employees including, but not limited to, union picketing, the filing of an Unfair Labor Practice charge by a union, the expiration of a negotiated labor contract, an existing or impending strike or lockout or any other matter which could reasonably be construed as a labor-management relations dispute.

Let's tell Hyatt that it has a moral responsibility to treat its workers with dignity and respect. Tell Hyatt that you will not patronize its facilities until the company recognizes its employees' rights to living wages, fair benefits, and the right to form a union if they choose.

Please contact Jonathan Currie at Interfaith Worker Justice to add your organization's name to the growing list of supporters who are standing with Hyatt workers.

Faith Leaders Speak Out for Hyatt Workers

Hyatt Hotels Currently Under Boycott

Congress Plaza Hotel - On Strike


520 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-212-8192

Anchorage Hilton
500 West Third Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-272-7411

Andaz West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 323 656 1234

Bel Air Hotel
701 Stone Cyn Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Phone: 310-472-1211

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant
2660 Calhoun Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-297-1874

Crowne Plaza LaGuardia
104-04 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Phone: 718-457-6300

Donovan House
1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 1-202-7371200

Embassy Suites Hotel Irvine
2120 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614

Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-398-1234

Handlery Hotel and Resort
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 1-800-843-4343

Hilton Crystal City At National Airport
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 418-6800

Hilton Long Beach
701 W. Ocean Bl.
Long Beach, CA 90831
Phone: 562.983.3400

Hilton Sacramento Arden West
2200 Harvard St.
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-922-4700

Hilton Seattle
1301 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-624-0500

Hotel Frank
386 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-986-2000

Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
555 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415 563 1234

Hyatt Harborside at Logan International Airport
101 Harborside Dr
Boston, MA 02128
Phone: 617 568 1234

Hyatt Regency Boston
1 Avenue De Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617 912 1234

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
575 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617 492 1234

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310 228 1234

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312 565 1234

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
One South Capitol Ave/Parcel address is 155 West W
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317 632 1234

Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 562.491.1234

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S. MLK Blvd
Chicago, IL 60616-9985
Phone: 312 567 1234

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 W. Bryn Mawr
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847 696 1234

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916 443 1234

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-788-1234

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408 200 1234

Hyatt Regency Waikiki
2424 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808 923 1234

Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens
120 South Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-629-1200

Le Meridien San Francisco
333 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-392-1234

Los Angeles Airport Hilton and Towers
5711 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 410-6199

Monterey Bay Travelodge (Fairgrounds)
2030 N. Fremont
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 373-3381

Park Hyatt Chicago
800 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312 335 1234

Red Lion Hotel Concord (formerly Concord Holiday Inn)
1050 Burnett Avenue
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: 1-925-6875500

Sheraton Anchorage
401 E. Sixth Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-276-8700

Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel
101 West Fayette St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-752-1100

Sheraton Crystal City
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-486-1111

Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North San Diego
San Diego, CA 92108

Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd
Itasca, IL 60143
Phone: 630-773-4000

Westin San Diego at Emerald Plaza
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-4500

Westin Washington DC City Center
1400 M St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Wyndham Suites Chicago
633 N. St Clair
Chicago, IL 60611

Risk of Dispute

Carmel Mission Inn
3665 Rio Rd
Carmel, CA 93923
Phone: (831) 624-1841

Clift Hotel
495 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-775-4700

Courtyard San Francisco Downtown
299 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-947-0700

Delta Toronto Airport West
5444 Dixie Road
Mississauga, ON L4W 2L2
Phone: (905) 624-1144

Essex Inn
800 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 939-2800

Four Seasons San Francisco
757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 633-3000

Hilton Fisherman's Wharf
2620 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 885-4700

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-433-6600

Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.413.4709

Hotel Vitale
8 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415.413.4716

Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa
1075 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 474-5400

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650 347 1234

Inn of Chicago
162 E. Ohio
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 787-3100

Kona Kai Resort and Spa
1551 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 222-1191

La Playa Hotel
8th & Camino Real
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-6476

Marriott Fisherman's Wharf
1250 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 775-7555

Novotel Toronto Centre
45 The Esplanade
Toronto, ON M5E 1W2
Phone: (416) 367-8900

Omni San Francisco Hotel
500 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-677-9494

Radisson Fisherman's Wharf Hotel
250 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 392-6700

Renaissance Stanford Court
905 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-989-3500

Sheraton at Fisherman's Wharf
2500 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-362-5500

W Hollywood Hotel and Residences
6250 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028