Chicago Update

Charges filed against Hyatt for turning heat lamps on striking workers during heat wave

July 28, 2011

(Chicago, IL)-Hotel workers are filing charges with the government against Hyatt for turning heat lamps on striking workers at the Park Hyatt Chicago during a brutal heat wave that swept the region last Thursday, July 21.

Ten heat lamps in the awning above the Park Hyatt front entrance were turned on striking workers when the strike began Thursday morning and were left on for about an hour. Heat lamps were turned off shortly after reports about them surfaced in the press. That day, an excessive heat warning was issued by the National Weather Service, with heat index readings climbing above 100 degrees in downtown Chicago. Hyatt released a public statement the following day, admitting that a manager was responsible for turning heat lamps on striking workers.

Charges contend,  "The employer assaulted the employees and tried to fry them by shining heat lamps on them in the middle of what was already a hot, humid day."  Click here to read the full story.

Click here to send an email to Hyatt demanding answers to their use of heat lamps against striking workers.


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