by Michael C. Lowe | February 08, 2012
CORRECTION: Wednesday’s news item, "Hotel Workers Strike in Indianapolis," incorrectly referred to the work action that took place outside the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis shortly before the Super Bowl. It was a protest, not a strike, and the jobs characterized as in jeopardy were of workers subcontracted from Hospitality Staffing Solutions and not regular hotel staffers.
Hundreds of hotel workers and supporters took part in a protest outside the 499-room Hyatt Regency Indianapolis just 48 hours before the Super Bowl kickoff, to show solidarity with Hyatt workers whose jobs might be endangered. According to a Unite Here press release, 20 Hyatt workers might lose their jobs if Hyatt's decision to cut ties with the subcontractor Hospitality Staffing Solutions (HSS) goes through. "While the Hyatt is slated to make millions of dollars the week of the Super Bowl, hotel workers are among the lowest paid in the nation," said Unite Here in a statement. "Hyatt room rates are expected to be more than $1,000 per night. Yet workers there make poverty wages, and now some are being told l they may not have a job after the Super Bowl, when the tourists have come and gone." In a statement, Hyatt noted that its employee work tenure averages more than 10 years, and hourly associates have received annual increases in the past five years, despite the economic downturn. "We recently hired 30 associates, including several previous HSS employees," said the property in a statement. "No one has been laid off, and all HSS employees have either transitioned into positions at other downtown hotels or joined our new partner, because they enjoy working at Hyatt."