Hundreds rally in Boston to back Hyatt workers’ push for union contract
Hundreds of union workers rallied Monday to show their support for workers at the Hyatt Centric hotel in downtown Boston who are negotiating their first contract with hotel management in a year and a half.
Unite Here Local 26, the union to which many local Hyatt workers belong, said in a press release that hotel workers are demanding Magna Hospitality Group “a fair contract with wages and benefits that meet standards.” of unionized hotels in downtown Boston.”
On Monday, union members commemorated Labor Day, which honors the contributions of the American labor movement, by marching from Boston Common to the Hyatt Centric Hotel at 11:30 a.m. and then rallying outside the hotel.
At the rally, hundreds of people could be seen holding placards in English and Spanish with slogans such as ‘people united will never be defeated’, ‘union power is people power’ and ‘solidarity for still”. Once the group reached the hotel, they sang, banged drums, and blew horns.
“At Hyatt Centric, we are paid less than workers at other unionized hotels, and we haven’t had a raise in over a year,” said Blanca Murcia, a Hyatt maid who protested Monday. , in a press release.
Hyatt workers were joined by other members of United Here Local 26, the leadership of the Greater Boston Labor Council, members of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association (MTA) and members of SEIU 32BJ Local 615.
“We’ve made it clear that Boston is a union city!” the MTA tweeted on Monday.
Boston At-Large Councilwoman Ruthzee Louijeune also attended the rally, tweeting “A little rain couldn’t stop the movement!”
Magna Hospitality Group could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.
In June, Unite Here Local 26, which represents hospitality workers at many Boston-area sites, protested the proposed sale of the Hynes Convention Center, saying it would hurt workers and the local economy. .
Here are some more photos from the rally:
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