Hotel Workers Rising -- A report from the Silicon Valley campaign

Workers at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara are calling on Hyatt to accept a fair process to enable them to choose whether or not to join a union without employer intimidation. Hyatt has refused.

Union committee leader Rigoberto Gutierrez, and Sarah Julian, organizer for UNITE HERE! 19, tell Michael Hejazi about the campaign and support it is receiving from community organizations. Campaigns are under way at five non-union Hyatt hotels nationwide. Workers in non-union facilities complain of disrespect from their management, low wages, unaffordable health insurance and high room quotas for room cleaners.

To learn more about the Silicon Valley campaign, call Sarah Julian at 408-321-9019.


For background on the Hyatt workers' campaign and coverage of events, see IndyBay article On the second anniversary of the struggle for hotel workers at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California, community members joined workers in front of the hotel to bring visibility to Hyatt injustices.

This edition of is sponsored by Edge for Economic Justice, a partner of San Jose Peace & Justice Center.

The Edge 408-254-3411 or 408-347-8509 meets at the Low Income Self Help Center, 1875 West Alma Street, San Jose, and also sponsors an Economic Justice Film Series at San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 South 7th St., San Jose CA 95112, on the 4th Friday of the month.

The Edge is a gathering of grassroots economic justice activists in the San Jose Area. Our purpose is to engage the community in a strategic political discussion and education to advance the fight for basic human rights, such as housing, health care, immigration reform, and education.
To secure these rights, we strive to build the broadest possible independent political unity of poor and working people.

Rising Together Coalition

Affordable Housing Network

CHAM Deliverance Ministry

Coalition of Concerned Citizens and Organizations


Pride at Work

San Jose Peace and Justice Center

Silicon Valley DeBug


Student Advocates for Higher Education at San Jose State University

Interfaith Council on Economics and Justice

UNITE HERE! Local 19