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Wyndham whistleblowers train temp workers at Boston hotel

“We Spoke Up. They’re Not Listening.”

Workers at the Wyndham hotel in Boston clean rooms for Massachusetts General Hospital patients. They filed an OSHA complaint because they cleaned blood, vomit, feces, and needles without enough training and protection. They went on strike June 25, 2015 and they testified at Boston City Council that they were afraid for their safety at work.

Wyndham is going in the wrong direction. Two weeks later—with an OSHA inspection ongoing—the hotel made workers train temporary staff on how to do their jobs. Now temporary workers are cleaning hotel rooms where hospital patients have stayed.

Workers are worried that temporary staff do not have enough training to do their jobs safely, and may ultimately become replacement workers.

Workers spoke up. Wyndham’s not listening. Share this video to make sure they do:

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Plan aims to protect guests from human trafficking, bed bugs and biohazards in Boston hotels

Plan aims to protect guests from human trafficking, bed bugs and biohazards in Boston hotels

BOSTON, MA—Today Boston City Council endorsed a plan to tackle the most common threats to hotel guest safety.

Boston Safe Hotels is a voluntary code of compliance. Participating hotels will offer tools, training, and staff time to protect hotel guests from pests and pathogens. It will also equip hotel workers to identify and respond to human trafficking in Boston hotels.

The plan is timely as a hotel in New York is being cited as a possible hotspot for Legionnaire’s disease. 12 people died and 113 have been infected.

“Boston hotels have an opportunity to show national leadership on hotel safety,” said Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. “We want people who travel to Boston and stay in our hotels to know we’ve gone the extra mile to keep them safe.”

The plan is available at www.bostonsafehotels.org.

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For Immediate Release: August 12, 2015

Contact: Tiffany Ten Eyck, 313-515-1807, tteneyck@local26.org

 

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Back Bay Hilton Workers Join Local 26

Workers at the Boston Back Bay Hilton have joined UNITE HERE Local 26. An agreement was reached between the Hotel and Local 26 to voluntarily recognize the union.

The 390-room up-scale hotel is a fixture of Boston’s skyline with an attractive location in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

UNITE HERE Local 26 is a 7000-member union of hotel, food service, airport, and casino workers based in Boston.

Both parties look forward to productive dialogue in bargaining for a first union contract to cover wages, benefits, and working conditions.