DoubleTree, Double Standard

Yesterday, we joined Harvard Student Labor Action Movement and UNITE HERE Local 26 to demand justice for Harvard’s fully-owned DoubleTree Hotel. You can read the press release here:

Hundreds of Harvard Students and Allies Rally for Fair Treatment of Harvard’s Hotel Workers

Students highlight findings of new report “DoubleTree Double Standard”

CAMBRIDGE – On March 12th, 2013, a supermajority of workers at the Harvard-owned DoubleTree Hotel in Allston came together to ask their employer for a fair process to decide upon unionization. Since then, workers at Harvard’s DoubleTree have not received a fair process. Today at 5 PM at the Holyoke Center hundreds of students and allies will rally to shed light on the findings of a new report about the workers at the Harvard-owned DoubleTree titled “DoubleTree Double Standard.”

The report is a result of dozens of worker surveys conducted by Harvard student Gabriel Bayard over the summer of 2013. “I was dismayed to hear stories of chronic pain, debilitating injuries, poverty and loved ones without health insurance. Ninety-six percent of surveyed workers said that their jobs had gotten worse in the past six years; 84% said they could not imagine working there for the next ten years. I was shocked. This was not the Harvard that I knew” Bayard said.

“When it came time for me to go on my maternity leave, my supervisors pushed me to keep working,” Delmy Lemus, a room Attendant at Harvard’s DoubleTree for 5 years said. “I was nine months pregnant and still doing difficult heavy labor. I worked until 3 days before my daughter was born. This injured my spine, and I still have back pain two years later.” As a result of her injury, Delmy says: “I could not even pick up my daughter.”

“As a Harvard student, I see the DoubleTree workers playing a crucial role in creating a ‘home away from home’ for my family, for travelling faculty and other guests when they come to our campus,” said Gabriel Bayard, a junior at Harvard University studying Social Studies. “The worker’s stories in this report are Harvard’s stories, it is our responsibility to listen and act.”

WHAT: Rally to Highlight findings of “DoubleTree Double Standard” Report

WHEN: November 21, 5 p.m.

WHO: Harvard Students, Allies, Harvard’s DoubleTree Workers, Hotel and Foodservice Workers

WHERE: Outside Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge



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