San Francisco's Hyatt Hotels and the labor unions are once again bickering about best practices. Back in July, if you'll remember, hotel workers picketed outside the Grand Hyatt Union Square, protesting difficult working conditions and calling for a boycott of the chain.
This time, the dispute is over Hyatt's use of the politically charged E-Verify program, which allows employers to electronically check new hires' Social Security numbers, to help determine their immigration status. Both the Grand Hyatt in Union Square and the Hyatt Regency along the Embarcadero implemented the system.
The National Labor Relations Board, though, claims that Hyatt had no legal grounds to implement the program without first negotiating this change with the workers' union. As a result, the government agency has ordered Hyatt to end its enrollment in E-Verify, which is run through the Department of Homeland Security.