Hyatt Regency staff taking it to the streets - Metro US

Hyatt Regency staff taking it to the streets

Thousands of staff at Hyatt hotels across North America — including the Hyatt Regency Vancouver — will be taking action on the streets tomorrow to protest what they say are unfair wages and conditions.

The co-ordinated day of action is being staged in 15 cities from Hawaii to Boston.

Naden Abenes, a room attendant at the Hyatt Vancouver, said when the housemen’s shifts were cut back, it added to her already long workloads and fatigue.

Housemen help with hauling linens, turning mattresses and bringing supplies — without them, Abenes has to do more work while under the pressure to clean rooms in the same time.

“It’s really physical work,” Abenes said. “At the end of the day we’re taking painkillers. We have to wear hand braces at night.

“Hyatt they’re doing so well (financially). We work hard for the money and we want Hyatt to treat us right.”

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