LA Union Files Complaint Against Hyatt; Hotel Company Denies Charges

On Monday, Unite Here Local 11 in Los Angeles filed formal charges with the National Labor Relations Board, saying workers at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach allegedly had been subjected to interrogation, surveillance, discrimination and threats by Hyatt management over the past six months. According to the union, the most recent incident happened on May 16, when a Hyatt representative videotaped hotel workers and their supporters marching in a picket line outside the hotel. In a statement, Hyatt responded that the company "strongly believes that attracting great people is the best way that we can deliver a quality experience to our guests. Our commitment to being a preferred employer is demonstrated by our core values of dignity and respect, and through the competitive wages, benefits, training programs and growth opportunities we offer to all of our associates. We are disappointed that Unite Here, in an aggressive campaign to pursue its own agenda, continues to mislead the public about Hyatt's commitment to our employees. Hyatt supports its employees' rights to choose whether they want to be represented by a union in a democratic, secret-ballot process supervised by the appropriate government representatives."