Monday, December 12, 2011

A Lesson in Making a Bed

Have you ever thought about workers who make the beds in hotels?  Two weeks ago I had a conversation with a housekeeper from a Hyatt Hotel about making beds. While changing the linen on my 12 inch high queen-size bed at home, I revisited our conversation in my mind.

I remembered the housekeeper telling me about the injuries she and other housekeepers sustain in their wrists and back from changing beds in 15 rooms during their regular shifts. (a majority of the rooms have two queen size beds with mattress 15 to 18 inches high). To change my bed at home, I was using one fitted sheet and one flat sheet, however I remembered she told me, “we don’t have fitted sheets, only flat sheets.”  So just for a moment I imagined, lifting each corner of a mattress, hour after hour, day after day, week after week, year after year in 15 rooms every day. She shared the story of changing of beds with me to get to the really important point, which is how necessary it is for the workers at Hyatt Hotels to continue receiving their healthcare benefits, for themselves and their families.

These workers, members of UNITE-HERE, Local #1, have been in contract negotiations for more than 2 years and last week Hyatt threatened to cut off their healthcare benefits effective Feb. 29, 2012. It is critical that the community demonstrate our support of these workers and their cause

Please join these workers in their struggle to convince Hyatt they need their health benefits as we rally stage a rally at Hyatt's Headquarters:

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 3:00p.m. 
Global Hyatt Headquarters
71 S. Wacker Drive

Thank you in advance for your prayers and direct engagement, as we support our brothers and sisters in their fight for economic justice.

Mary Crayton . . . a Steelworkers Daughter
Trinity UCC - Justice Watch Team