Committee Passes Pro-Labor Resolution on Hyatt Workers Dispute

Committee Passes Pro-Labor Resolution on Hyatt Workers Dispute

Labor Committee of the Baltimore City Council hearing at City Hall on Hyatt Regency Hotel contractual obligation to workers. Photo by Bill Hughes.
Labor Committee of the Baltimore City Council hearing at City Hall on Hyatt Regency Hotel contractual obligation to workers. Photo by Bill Hughes.

On Thursday evening, March 14, 2013, the Labor Committee of the Baltimore City Council held a hearing, at City Hall, on the issue on the contractual obligation of the Hyatt Regency Hotel “to honor its direct employment agreement with the City of Baltimore and to furthermore enter into a ‘Labor Peace Agreement’ at its Inner Harbor/Light Street Location.”

The Resolution, CC13-0095R, was sponsored by all the members of the City Council and it passed unanimously.

One of the witnesses, who testified at the hearing, was from the national union for Unite Here (Local 7).

He said that not only does the City of Baltimore own the land where the hotel is situated, it also “owns the hotel!” The members of the Committee were taken aback after hearing that statement.

The Resolution will now go to the full City Council for a vote this coming Monday evening, March 18th. Councilwomen Mary Pat Clarke, 14th District, a long time champion of the hotel union workers, is a member of the Labor Committee.