UNITE HERE Local 8 Endorses Pramila Jayapal for State Senate

UNITE HERE Local 8 is proudly endorsing Pramila Jayapal in her run for the open State Senate seat in the 37th Legislative District. Jayapal’s long history of standing up for Seattle’s hospitality workers has led to this enthusiastic early endorsement. “We got to know Pramila during the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003. Since then […]

Be Fair, Specialty Coffee Association of America

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is scheduled to violate the worker-called boycott of the Grand Hyatt Seattle and the Hyatt at Olive 8 for years to come. SCAA has done excellent work around fair trade issues globally, but the organization may have a blind spot to the working people in their own backyard. […]

Murray, DelBene bring $10.10 wage fight to Seattle

Hilton bellman and Local 8 Executive Board member Chuck Cruise was featured in a press conference held by Washington State Congressional leaders on the national minimum wage. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene on Tuesday brought their fight to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to Seattle, where advocates want […]

Airport Workers Tell Port Commission: Protect our Jobs!

On January 27th, a delegation of over 30 concessions workers at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport attended the monthly Port of Seattle Commission with an important message: protect our family wage jobs. While SeaTac’s Proposition 1 received national media attention for its requirement that workers in the airport and hospitality industries in SeaTac receive a $15/hour […]

WA Elected Officials Endorse Seattle Hyatt Boycott

Public support of workers at Grand Hyatt and Hyatt at Olive 8 is gaining momentum in the Democratic Party. Senators and Representatives in Washington State are beginning to publicly support the Seattle Hyatt boycott of the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Olive 8, where workers are fighting for dignity and respect on the job. Twelve officials, with many […]

Space Needle workers turn up heat in their campaign for a fair contract

Workers throughout the Space Needle – in the restaurant, in the elevators, at the front desk, in the kitchen – are showing their strength today by wearing buttons on their uniforms calling for a fair contract and respect from management. The buttons feature the Twitter hash tag #SNrespect, where you can learn more about the […]

Distinguished Expert on Diversity and Race Relations Dr. Caprice Hollins Honors Hyatt Boycott at USRowing Convention

USRowing held their annual convention last week at the Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8. On August 27, 2013, workers called for a boycott of their hotels, citing poor working conditions and a lack of respect. They have asked that customers not eat, sleep or meet at the Grand Hyatt Seattle or the […]

Low Income Housing Institute Honors Boycott

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) develops affordable housing to reduce homelessness and help people overcome poverty. They hold an annual gala and auction to benefit their programs. LIHI recently moved their gala out of the Hyatt Olive 8 hotel, where it had taken place for the past few years. They moved in order to […]

2013 Election Endorsements

Listed below are the 2013 Election Endorsements, as approved by the UNITE HERE Local 8 Executive Board. Ballots should be arriving any day in your mailbox, please remember to vote by Tuesday, November 5th! CITY OF SEATTLE Mayor – Mike McGinn (Why we endorse Mayor McGinn? click here) Seattle City Council, Position 2 – Richard […]

Seattle Hyatt Workers Launch Boycott of Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8

SEATTLE, WA – Seattle Hyatt hotel workers and supporters are launching a boycott of the Hyatt at Olive 8 and the Grand Hyatt Seattle, denouncing difficult working conditions and the use of subcontracted workers. Seattle Hyatt workers also say the hotels’ local owner, Richard Hedreen, has refused to agree to a fair process for workers […]