Fired Hyatt Workers Win Their Jobs Back
BALTIMORE—Three hotel workers fired last year for pro-union activism at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore are back on the job this week as part of a January 26 deal to settle unfair labor practice charges brought by UNITE HERE.
Mike Jones, the last of the fired employees to resume his old job, reported for work this week. He's eager to restart his union organizing activities, he tells Working In These Times. (The story of Jones’ firing and his efforts to win his job back were the subject of a Working In These Times story in November of last year.)
The organizing campaign in Baltimore is part of the larger international Hyatt Hurts campaign launched by UNITE HERE in mid-2012. Since Jones’ firing, a formal hearing at the regional National Labor Relations Board was begun, and then abandoned when Hyatt and UNITE HERE Local 7 reached an out-of-court settlement of the charges. As part of the settlement, Jones and three other fired Hyatt workers were offered their old jobs back (one declined the offer), and hotel managers agreed not to discriminate against or punish union supporters in any way.