Earlier this week, hotel workers union Unite Here issued a statement—which was posted here on www.meetingsfocus.com
—which claimed Hyatt was cited by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for health hazards it was creating for its housekeepers.
Hyatt, which denies these claims, issued a statement which reads in part:
“OSHA concluded there is no basis to issue any citations against Hyatt for ergonomic risks to housekeepers. OSHA reached this conclusion following exhaustive and duplice inspections that were conducted at the behest of UniteHere as part of its ongoing campaign to impose membership on non-union Hyatt employees through card check/neutrality.
"We will carefully consider OSHA’s additional comments, however, most of the items listed by the organization refer to practices and processes we already have in place in our hotels such as the availability of long handled tools and assistance with lifting.
“Our associates have the tools, resources and training they need. For instance, our hotel teams regularly lead pre-shift stretching and consistently review proper techniques for completing tasks. In addition, our housekeeping staff can use a wide variety of equipment to make their jobs easier, including wedges and mops with various handle lengths.
"Many of our renovated rooms are easier to clean, with new and modern bathrooms and beds that are often lighter than the older beds. We employ occupational health nurses to assist in injury prevention and treatment. Worker training programs are robust and provided on an ongoing basis.”