Black Woman Fighting For Workers Rights, Tells Amos How She Was Disrespected At Indy’s Downtown Hyatt

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Cathy Youngblood

Cathy Youngblood

unite logohyatt indy                                      In a dramatic Afternoons with Amos interview, a hotel worker from California, Cathy Youngblood, told Amos and listeners how she was disrespected and harassed at the Indianapolis Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel as she tried to legally speak with hotel workers about union representation.  Cathy Youngblood works at a Hyatt Hotel in West Hollywood California. A holder of two bachelors degrees, Youngblood, 61, works as a housekeeper and helped organize her fellow hotel employees in a fight for better working conditions and wages.  Youngblood is a member of the UNITE HERE Union.  That union has called for a boycott of several Hyatt Hotels across the country including here in Indianapolis.  Youngblood has been speaking with workers and Hyatt stockholders in an effort to get the company to add a union member to the Hyatt Corporation’s Board of Directors.  Youngblood told Amos and listeners that when she’s visit a Hyatt Hotel she’s been treated with respect and dignity and allowed to speak with employees.  But she told Afternoons with Amos listeners that when she arrived at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Hyatt security immediately called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police.  IMPD arrived but found that Youngblood was obeying Indiana laws. Youngbolood told listeners that nowhere else had she ever been treated by any hotel Hyatt hotel so badly than in Indianapolis.  UNITE HERE has been in a months long campaign to organize Hyatt and other downtown hotel workers to improve working conditions and get workers a decent, living wage with basic benefits like medical care.  Click the Link To hear Amos’ Interview With Cathy Youngblood.  Runs 14 Minutes. ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.

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