Baltimore City Council Hearing, Calls on Hyatt to Sign Labor Peace Agreement

Baltimore City Council Hearing, Calls on Hyatt to Sign Labor Peace Agreement

Photo by: Hyatt Hurts. Source: Indyreader.org
Photo by: Hyatt Hurts. Source: Indyreader.org

On Thursday, March 14, 2013,  the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee approved a  resolution calling on the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to sign a labor peace agreement. According to lead sponsor, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, the Hyatt has repeatedly intervened in lawful union organizing activities and has been subcontracting temp-agency workers in violation of direct hiring requirements stipulated in their lease agreement with the City of Baltimore. This video presents excerpts from the first hour of the labor committee hearing. The council members present were Robert Curran, Mary Pat Clarke, Rikki Spector, and Brandon Scott. Those who testified during the first hour of the hearing were Unite Here Local 7 President Roxie Herbekian, Unite Here International research director Jeff Nelson, Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO president Ernie Grecco, Unite Here local 7 organizer Tracy Lingo, and Hyatt Regency Baltimore housekeepers Charlotte Knox and Denise Sidbury. All testimonies during the first hour of the hearing were in support of the resolution, calling for a labor peace agreement with the Hyatt similar to the prevailing  labor peace agreement at the Baltimore HIlton, another city-owned hotel property.

Richard Concepcion is an independent documentary filmmaker/video journalist. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University (1983), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Electronic Media from American University School of Communication (2010), Master of LIberal Arts (MLA) degree from Johns Hopkins University (2004) and MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville (1987). He and his wife Renee live in Maryland with their beagle (“Bodie”) and cat (“Jade”). He can be reached at rconcep11[at]gmail.com.