Tell Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian housekeepers need mops and fitted sheets!
July 14, 2011
Years of lifting mattresses and scrubbing floors at the Hyatt changed housekeeper Celia Alvarez's life forever. A back injury has left her permanently disabled.
Hotel housekeepers get injured frequently. Housekeepers have a higher risk of back injury than autoworkers who assemble car doors.
But thanks to California Senate Bill 432, we are just steps away from a solution. SB 432 will outlaw unsafe housekeeping practices that result in housekeepers cleaning bathroom floors on their knees for lack of mops and lifting heavy mattresses for lack of fitted sheets.
But the Hyatt is standing in the way.
In a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine examining a total of 50 hotel properties from 5 different hotel companies, Hyatt housekeepers had the highest injury rate of all housekeepers studied when compared by hotel company. Yet Hyatt publicly opposes this bill. Why?