yoga journal makes first official statement on hyatt boycott

Image via Class War Kitty FB page.

Image via Class War Kitty FB page.

With little fanfare, Yoga Journal issued their first official statement on the Hyatt boycott and demonstrations at the hotel where the Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference will happen this weekend. Other than a generic corporate statement in the IAYB comments section, we’ve heard nothing from the magazine.

The full statement:

Yoga Journal’s San Francisco conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, January 17-21. We are aware of information being distributed regarding labor disputes with the hotel chain. We have researched the matter fully and come to understand that the workers at the Hyatt in San Francisco are not on strike. There is, however, an ongoing labor management dispute between the Hyatt Corporation and union organization UniteHere. The hotel and its workers have reached agreements on wages and benefits but other issues, including those around union membership voting rules across the Hyatt hotel chain, remain unresolved.

Though the workers at the Hyatt in San Francisco are not on strike, UniteHere has reached out to many organizations holding events at the hotel and urged them to change their plans.

Weighing other possible alternatives, Yoga Journal has looked into moving the conference from the Hyatt, which has hosted the event for 10 years, but no other hotel in the city can accommodate the large number of attendees on or around the scheduled conference dates. We will continue to weigh other options for the future.

After careful examination and discussion, Yoga Journal has decided to honor its contract and the commitments made to our conference presenters, attendees, and to the workers whose livelihoods depend on hotel business.

Yoga Journal supports the negotiations between the Hyatt and its unions and hopes that the remaining issues are resolved fairly and quickly.

For more information:
The Hyatt Corporation Website: hyattworkplace.com
The UniteHere website: unitehere11.org and hotelworkersrising.com

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  1. Yeah, I agree with your viewpoint; it’s not like this is something that just all of a sudden became an issue! They had plenty of time to find an alternative venue — even if that might mean — they may have had to scale it down!

    Through all this, it is important to remember that the editorial people are not calling the shots; just like they have no power really over advertising. But then, THAT is the systemic problem with a project (Yoga Journal) that “outgrew” it’s original mission when it became just another commodity/asset for fattening the pockets of shareholders….

    • yes. and even if they couldn’t back out of their contract or find another venue, YJ had plenty of time to make a statement to the yoga community. instead, we get this jargony, bland statement, buried on the event website. they didn’t share it on social media, they didn’t draw any attention to it. in this whole ordeal, i’m disappointed in their lack of integrity and transparency.

  2. More “supports the negotiations.” Hey, I support the whole disagreement over the matter. I totally support the whole damn controversy. Sure beats actually taking a stand…

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