Union v. Hyatt: “Are yoga teachers & students who attend the Yoga Journal conference crossing a picket line?”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 18, 2013
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Here’s Yoga Journal’s Official Statement, and two yogis’ views of the situation.

I’ll have more to share tomorrow—after talking with a longtime Hyatt employee, an organizer, and a few senior yoga teachers tonight—we hope to hear and/or offer some respectful, constructive suggestions for a path of integrity based on facts and conversations with those directly involved, including those on the picket line. ~ ed.

“Official statement from the Union.”


“Are yoga teachers and students who are attending the YJ conference crossing a picket line?”

“The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is under a work-called boycott since June 2010.  The workers are calling on all customers not to eat, sleep, meet or spend any money at the hotel.

This boycott is in effect 24/7, whether or not workers are picketing at any given moment.  By entering the hotel—whether as a teacher, paying customer or conference attendee, you are violating the boycott and crossing our picket line.

Hyatt is the most abusive employer in the hotel industry.  Hyatt housekeepers face abuse with high injury rates, excessive workloads, and (in many cities) poverty wages.”

~ Julia Wong, Spokeswoman for UniteHere Local 2

In addition, they let me know that Hyatt workers at another hotel in Fisherman’s wharf  recently had an OSHA case that was significantly found in the favor that will change practices there. In other words, the federal government of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration thinks that Hyatt workers have not been working in safe and healthy ways. So these claims are not with out significant substantiation. Here is a recent article about this.

Finally, major organizations and thousands of people have agreed to support the boycott.  None of these organizations or networks think that it is okay to stay at Hyatt. Here is a list including “AFL-CIO, NFL Players Association, NOW, Netroots Nation, LGBT organizations & more join housekeepers…”


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “Union v. Hyatt: “Are yoga teachers & students who attend the Yoga Journal conference crossing a picket line?””

  1. Kelly says:

    I feel it is a bad idea to have your union contacting customers and asking them to boycott. If conditions are that bad, organize or have a real strike. Losing customers for nearly THREE YEARS on purpose probably means cutbacks and even worse conditions for the people who still have jobs there and want to keep them. Less income is a much easier way to terminate employees versus firing them for being publicly on strike.

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  3. Kelly, it's a global strike. The SF Hyatt is just one piece of a larger issue. Hyatt globally continues to be a huge money maker while cutting wages of those cleaning the rooms. This is a trend of large corporations: Hyatt, Walmart, McDonalds all make shareholders and executives rich while many people working there can not make ends meet. How we, as yogi's decide to spend our dollars and our energy deeply matters.

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