Boston, MA- Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. (SLU) has pulled their annual convention from the Hyatt Regency in protest of their unethical labor practices consisting of firing union workers whose contracts were expiring and their inability to properly negotiate health and other benefits.
SLU will not support Hyatt’s recent decision to fire their entire housekeeping workforce, a workforce that is comprised of predominately immigrant Latina women, and replace them with low wage non-unionized workers from a staffing agency. Governor Patrick Deval of Massachusetts has spoken out against the hotel and its practices, boycotting the hotel for all government-related events and speakers.
“As a Latina-based organization, and one that represents goals and ideals around community service, cultural enrichment, and sisterhood, we believe it is our responsibility to not only speak out but act out against these injustices. It is not an option to provide financial support to any person or business who is violating the rights of members of our community. While SLU is not a political organization by definition, our commitment to communities often means having to take a stand for what is right,” says Daisy Torres, National President.