DoubleTree Strike in San Jose

Hi, my name is Daniel, I’m a bell person at the Doubletree in San Jose. I’ve been working at the DT for a year and a half.  The reason I participated in a four-daystrike is because I’m fighting for a better future. We’ve been in negotiations for about a year and the corporation is not giving us what we deserve. The company makes millions of dollars every year and we are on strike for what we need to support our families and secure our future. I will be an intern this summer with the OBB program 2012 and I want you all to know that you have the right to fight for what you deserve; you can unionize, gather with your friends and co-workers, and fight for what you need.

– Daniel, 2012 Summer Organizer, San Jose

Photo to the Right: Daniel, Summer Organizer in San Jose, leading the strike at the DoubleTree.

Perspective: An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Alondra puedePrior to being a Summer Organizer, I went many times to Sacramento to protest the inadequate funding the Golden State is providing its students. I encountered many hotel workers during my travels. As a customer, every hotel worker I met had a smile and a cheerful disposition. Never had it crossed my mind that many of those smiles were a testament to their professionalism and skill in providing excellent customer service. Many of those smiles hide the pain of cleaning 14 or more guest rooms on their knees, and the fear of losing their jobs for simply trying to organize for basic rights.

This summer with UNITE HERE I have had the opportunity to see the hotel industry through the workers’ perspective and not as the privileged customer who may not be able to see the injustices workers face. My first week with UNITE HERE was an adrenaline rush; one of those moments was when I was able to see workers finding the strength by sharing their stories with their managers through the delegations. It was such an inspiring moment to see strong, working-class women demand their rights.  These women are strong for sharing their stories, for standing up to Hyatt the corporation, but most importantly for their courage in putting themselves on the front line of the battle. This struggle is not easy, but I believe that each person’s hard work will bring a better working environment and standards for all their co-workers.  As workers have said, “an injury to one is an injury to all”.

– Alondra, Summer Organizer, San Jose

Solidarity with Hyatt Workers in San Jose

Solidarity with Hyatt Workers in San JoseOn Friday July 1st, UNITE HERE Local 19 held a delegation to the Santa Clara Hyatt hotel, as part of a national day of action to demand justice for all union and non-union Hyatt workers. As a Summer Organizer at Local 19 in San Jose, I was very excited to see this action happen in my own area. My compañeros Tim and Alondra turned out students, while other organizers brought faith leaders, community members, and union workers.

When the day of the delegation came, we gathered a group of about 50 people to confront the managers at the Hyatt of Santa Clara. The energy among our group was really strong and you could feel the solidarity.

Solidarity with Hyatt Workers in San JoseThe delegation was lead by a leader from the Interfaith Council, who spoke of the relationship between faith and justice. I had the honor of speaking about student-worker solidarity. Finally a union worker and a non-union Hyatt worker spoke, telling Hyatt all our brothers and sisters deserve a fair process. I was proud that every contingent had a strong presence; you could tell through the loud cheers and chants. Hyatt Santa Clara knows the workers and their community backers are strong, and we won’t be going anywhere soon! Si se puede!
– José, Summer Organizer, San JoseSolidarity with Hyatt Workers in San Jose