Union Files Complaint About Heat Lamps
July 28, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
CHICAGO, July 29 (UPI) — A union representing housekeepers at the Park Hyatt in Chicago says the hotel used heat lamps as a weapon against protesters.
Unite Here Local 1 said a complaint against Hyatt Corp. has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The alleged incident took place July 21, while Chicago was enduring a heat wave. Union officials said 10 heat lamps were used during a demonstration.
“The employer assaulted the employees and tried to fry them by shining heat lamps on them in the middle of what was already a hot, humid day,” the complaint said.
Ofelia Martinez said many of her co-workers have suffered physical injuries, including back and wrist injuries from lifting mattresses.
“Turning the heat lamps on us is just another example of how Hyatt abuses us,” she said in a statement.
The company said the manager who ordered the heat lamps used retired the following day.