Updated 4:55 p.m. to show Hyatt's statement about the boycott initiative.
The stories coming from Hyatt housekeepers explain why people in 20 cities are rallying to launch a global boycott of the hotel chain: overworked employees, unfair firings, management turning on heat lamps on protesters in the middle of summer.
In San Francisco, workers and supporters plan to picket later this afternoon in front of the Grand Hyatt Union Square. Organizers, in a statement, claim that Hyatt has “singled itself out as the worst employer in the hotel industry.” A bevy of union and advocacy groups, including the NFL Player's Association, have endorsed the boycott movement.
Supporters have a good deal of anecdotes to lob at hotel management.
“In the locker room, everyone is always asking for Tylenol,” Grand Hyatt housekeeper Antonia Cortez said, through the organizers' statement. “We joke about it, but the pain in my shoulder is so bad I can't play with my granddaughter anymore.”