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Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf Settles with Cal/OSHA


Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf announced it has reached a settlement with the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) after working cooperatively with the agency to ensure continued workplace safety for the hotel's housekeeping staff.

No ergonomic violations related to housekeeper tasks such as bed making, vacuuming or dusting, were found after exhaustive investigations by four separate OSHA jurisdictions, and all repetitive motion citations were withdrawn at Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf.

The settlement resolves the last of 12 inspections at Hyatt hotels that were instigated by complaints made by the UniteHere union as a part of its ongoing campaign to pressure Hyatt to force associates into union membership through non-democratic and intimidating tactics. Hyatt stands by its associates' rights to a secret ballot election to determine union representation.

“We take the safety and health of all our associates very seriously. Their wellbeing is of paramount importance to us,” said Matt Humphreys, General Manager, Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf. “We're pleased that we were able to work cooperatively with Cal/OSHA and that the settlement does not support the union's complaints that our housekeepers are exposed to repetitive motion injuries.”

In the settlement, Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf agreed to continue with its ongoing, thorough job hazard analysis of housekeepers' job tasks to determine if they pose any unsafe or unhealthy workplace exposures, and to examine housekeeper tools and equipment. That analysis is led by a certified and independent ergonomist. In addition, Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf will make changes to its workplace training and equipment inventory.

Hyatt is confident that the Fisherman's Wharf's job hazard analysis, being performed by one of the most eminent independent certified ergonomists in the country, will be consistent with the ergonomic investigations and conclusions at the other eleven Hyatt hotels—that housekeeper tasks and the way they are performed do not present any unsafe or unhealthy workplace exposures. The results of the job hazard analysis will be shared in writing with Fisherman's Wharf housekeepers and Hyatt will update it, working together with a Housekeeper Safety Committee, if new procedures or equipment are introduced.

Pete Hillan, 831-252-1512

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