Jewish leaders nationwide have joined the call to boycott Hyatt. Many of Hyatt’s workers, especially in non-union hotels, are paid minimum wage, have little or no benefits, and work in unsafe conditions. Moved by the stories of Hyatt workers, dozens more rabbis and other leaders have stepped forward in recent weeks to support these workers’ urgent struggle for dignity and respect.
In Boston, Hyatt Hurts! had a table at the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Convention from March 18-21, where dozens of conference attendees signed boycott pledges—including Marshall Ganz, historic labor and community organizer, and creator of the grassroots organizing model used by President Obama’s first presidential campaign. Attendees also picked up copies of Open The Gates Of Justice, a clergy report on working conditions at Hyatt hotels.
A week later, rabbis gathered on a conference call with Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, hosted by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Rabbi Barbara Penzner, and Hyatt worker Jackie White. Participants discussed the Jewish community’s singular role in supporting Hyatt workers’ struggle for economic justice, and pledged to spread the word to their synagogues, schools, and wider communities.
Through their support and advocacy, Rabbis Jacobs, Kahn-Troster, and Penzner have provided spiritual strength to thousands of Hyatt workers, and have brought the call to boycott Hyatt to thousands in the Jewish community.