HEI Hotel Workers and Supporters Blow the Whistle on HEI's Mistreatment!
Nationwide, HEI workers and supporters are protesting mistreatment of HEI workers! As a result of HEI's cost-cutting business strategy, HEI workers struggle daily with damaging workloads and shortages of supplies. Adding injury to insult, HEI takes punishing actions against workers who speak up about these unfair working conditions.
On April 20, 2011, the HEI-owned Long Beach Hilton fired five housekeepers after three of them raised concerns with management about unfair working conditions at the hotel. Some of the fired housekeepers had also recently participated in an ongoing State investigation into the legality of their employment arrangements. "I answered questions from State investigators about how the hotel paid us for our work. I also told the human resources director about the mistreatment of agency housekeepers. Two days after that, I was fired." - Maria Medina, Fired from HEI-owned Long Beach
On May 11, 2011, students from six different universities and Larry Butler, a doorman at the HEI Crystal City Sheraton went to HEI's annual investors meeting to present a worker's view of HEI's business approach. Although Larry was on his day off when he went to New Jersey, he was interrogated at work later about his involvement in the meeting. His managers gave him a verbal warning for "interrupting a company meeting." He continues to fight today for dignity in his workplace and the ability to use his voice at work and on his days off.
On March 30, 2011, a Massachusetts jury ruled that former Senior Vice President Larry Trainor was retaliated against by HEI for filing a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for age discrimination. Trainor was awarded $4.5 million in damages.
If HEI retaliates against their senior executives this way, can you imagine how they treat room cleaners, bellmen, cooks, and other hotel staff who stand up for their rights?
Tell Gary Mendell, CEO of HEI Hotels and Resorts, that you won't stand for continued retaliation against workers who speak up about unfair working conditions!
HEI Workers Rising, UNITE HERE, 275 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001