Several weeks ago, we posted that Hyatt had asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold supervised secret-ballot elections at the hotels where, for more than two years, Hyatt associates have been subjected to intimidation and harassment by the labor union UniteHere in its attempts to assert itself as the representative of these associates.
Today we are reporting back on the progress of those petitions. We heard from the NLRB that it has rejected each of our four petitions. The NLRB had scheduled hearings to review the petitions for three of the four properties, but later cancelled those hearings after learning that UniteHere was not asking for an election or willing to publically state that it represents a majority of Hyatt associates.
The leaders of UniteHere have ignored multiple requests from Hyatt to join in an NLRB-supervised secret-ballot election.
Although our request for elections has been denied, we believe the NLRB would have looked upon the matter differently if the leaders of UniteHere had agreed to a federally supervised election as they have nearly 300 times over the past five years. We urge UniteHere to reconsider their decision, so that each of our associates can exercise their right to be heard by casting a ballot.
While it's unusual for an employer to request an election, the option has existed at the NLRB for more than 75 years now, and we believe it is the best way in this case to bring an end to the boycotts, pickets, home visits, and aggressive outreach that has intimidated our associates, their families, and many of our guests.