Hyatt Hotels Corporation and UNITE HERE, the union of hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada, announced today they’ve reached a national agreement that resolves longstanding disputes between the two organizations. The agreement creates a framework for the company and the union to work together towards new contracts that provide retroactive wage increases and maintain quality health care and pension benefits.
“The agreement will go into effect upon the settlement and ratification of union contracts by Hyatt associates in San Francisco, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Chicago,” a press release stated. “As part of the accord, upon ratification of the union contracts, UNITE HERE will end its global boycott of Hyatt.”
The Hyatt Boycott came to the attention of the North American yoga community in January 2013, when Yoga Journal, after ignoring union activist’s repeated requests to honour the boycott, proceeded with one of four annual conferences at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency (one of the Hyatt properties embroiled in the dispute). The news sparked a “yoga action” in solidarity with Hyatt Hotel workers and UNITE HERE organizers, a Facebook event called “I Pledge Not to Attend or Teach at the 2014 Yoga Journal Conference if the Boycott Continues,” and the Decolonizing Yoga website and movement.
By all accounts, the 2014 Yoga Journal Conference San Francisco is set to be at the Hyatt Regency in honour of their long-term contract, although no location is noted on the website (the 2014 conference in New York City indicates that it will be at the Hilton, however).
Congratulations to Hyatt workers, UNITE HERE organizers, and everyone around the globe fighting the struggle for safe and fair working conditions. Huzzah!