Hypocrisy With A Capital Hyatt

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is “troubled” by the Hyatt Hotels Corp. firing of 100 housekeepers at the three Boston-area Hyatts, according to a Boston Globe report on Saturday.

Hyatt Hotels Corp. laid off the entire housekeeping staffs at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and Hyatt Harborside Hotel at Logan International Airport after the morning shift had ended on Aug. 31, citing challenging economic conditions. The chain immediately replaced the housekeepers with workers from an external staffing firm. The dismissed housekeepers were making upward of $15 an hour; their replacements are reportedly earning about half that.

But here’s the worst part:

The hotel said in Boston it has been working for more than three years with Hospitality Staffing Solutions, the Georgia firm that is now doing all of the housekeeping in Boston-area Hyatts. When the hotel eliminated its housekeeping units, about half of the housekeepers at two of the three local Hyatts were Hospitality Staffing employees, Hyatt said. Some housekeepers told the Globe they had been asked to train outside workers whom they believed were fill-ins for vacations, but those workers ended up replacing the staff.

“The transition to contract housekeeping services was not sudden and secretive,’’ the Hyatt statement said.

Actually, it was both. But why get technical about it when there’s small change to pocket?

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