Jewish, Christian, Muslim Clergy To Join Striking Hyatt Hotel Workers On Picket Line Wednesday

Heeding the calling of their faith traditions to do justice for the oppressed, area Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy will hold an interfaith prayer service on the picket line to support striking workers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

Hyatt workers in Chicago joined thousands of Hyatt workers striking in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu. The company has singled itself out as a particularly abusive employer, with a high record of injuries for its housekeepers and an incredible 15 citations by OSHA or its state-level counterparts at hotels around the country.

Several attempts have been made over the past two years to appeal to the Pritzker family and to the shareholders to bring a fair offer to the Hyatt hotel workers, as the Hilton and Starwood chains have done; they have refused.

“It is very difficult for us religious leaders to understand why the Hyatt will not sign the agreement that Hilton and Starwood have already signed,” reflected Rev. C.J. Hawking, Executive Director of Arise Chicago.  “Hyatt knows they have lost public support, based on all of the cancellations reported to us.  We’re here today to pray that hearts will be softened and minds will be opened and God’s justice will prevail for the workers at Hyatt.”

The prayer service is organized by Arise Chicago, an interfaith non-profit group that partners the faith community with workers in struggle. Clergy will show support for the striking workers through prayer, song, and short sermons.

When:             Wednesday, September 14, 2001   11:00 am

Where:           Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr.

Who:               Workers on strike, key clergy from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions.

What:              An Interfaith Prayer Service calling on the religious values of Hyatt owners to bring a fair contract to striking workers and end the strike.

Visual:           Clergy with prayer shawls and stoles praying with striking Hyatt workers.

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