“The boycott may cost workers like me money, but the cost of doing nothing is much greater.”
My name is Yuan Ping Tang, and I have been a houseman at the Hyatt at Olive 8 for four years. I came to the U.S. from China four years ago to provide for my son. At the hotel, my job includes stripping beds, emptying trash, and refilling the linens, sometimes up to 38 rooms a day. I am always rushing and I am constantly tired.
When I first started working at the Hyatt, after paying for rent, food, and health insurance, my wife and I could barely afford anything. For two years, we never ate out, never celebrated any holidays or birthdays, never went on vacation, or watched movies. We just went to work and went home. Workers like me who don’t speak English well are taken advantage of. I am done accepting this kind of treatment. That’s why I support the boycott of the Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt at Olive 8 until the owner Mr. Hedreen agrees to a fair process for us to decide whether to choose a union. The boycott may cost workers like me money, but the cost of doing nothing is much greater. I don’t want to be afraid anymore, and I’m asking the community to support us.
“I know that having a union can make a big difference in our jobs.”
My name is Min Yi Li, and I have been a housekeeper at the Hyatt at Olive 8 for five years, and before that was a housekeeper at the Grand Hyatt Seattle. I am married and I have three children. I came to the United States in 2001 so my children could have a better life and more choices.
I have to rush around to get my rooms done a lot of the time. My only tool to clean the bathroom with is a rag.
I know that having a union can make a big difference in our jobs. My husband works at a bakery and is a member of the Teamsters. Because my husband has a good union job, my children and I have good health insurance that is completely paid for by his employer.
When we started organizing a union, the company gave us raises. Some of my coworkers think it was the company being nice, but I know it was because we started to stand up for ourselves and organize.