1. Former housekeeping manager reveals what bosses really think of workers at the Renaissance Providence Hotel

     

    By Tony A, former housekeeping manager at the Renaissance Providence Hotel

    ****This is a piece we originally posted a couple years ago when the website first went up. In light of the current boycott of the Renaissance Providence Hotel, I wanted to repost it to further publicize how disrespectfully management treats its workers at the hotel.****

    I worked as a supervisor in the Housekeeping Department at the Providence Renaissance for three years from August 2008 to August 2011. As a supervisor, I saw not only how housekeepers were abused on the job, but also how upper level managers disrespected their workers behind closed doors. 

    One of the most disgusting trends at the hotel was the way management dealt with injured housekeepers. Injuries were very common. In the three years I worked at the hotel, not one housekeeper was trained on how to properly and safely clean rooms, so from the beginning the hotel was setting them up to be injured.

    Not only that, the hotel never had enough supplies to allow the housekeepers to properly clean rooms in the given amount of time. We would constantly run out of towels, sheets, pillows, soaps, etc. The result is that workers always had to be rushing around getting what few supplies we had, and when we’d get more sheets and pillows out of the laundry in the later afternoon people would rush down to get supplies to be able to clean the rooms and still get out on time. The hotel even failed to provide housekeepers basic tools such long dusters, so workers would have to climb up on top of furniture to complete their cleaning. Again, the hotel was setting them up to be injured. 

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  2. The Hilton Providence Hotel just fired another worker for her union support. 

    Support Adrienne and her co-workers by signing the petition. 

    And come out to the picket line at the Hilton Providence this Friday, March 14 at 4:30. 

  3. Last week the Hilton Providence targeted and suspended a key worker leader for organizing. 

    This was a real dumb thing for Hilton to do because as this clip makes clear Krystle is the biggest badass in the world and is going to take them down.

    Sign the petition to support Krystle and her co-workers. 

  4. LAST NIGHT HILTON PROVIDENCE HOTEL WORKERS ANNOUNCED TO MANAGEMENT THAT THEY’RE FIGHTING BACK!

    See some footage of their announcement picket and hear four workers tell their stories of why they’re taking a stand. 

  5. CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE + PICKET TOMORROW AT THE RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL. COME OUT TO SUPPORT WORKERS.
Tuesday February 18 at 5:00PM at the Renaissance Providence Hotel
5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
Info:
After months of picketings, numerous federal government citations against Renaissance management for mistreatment of its workers, and refusal from The Procaccianti Group to address the workers demands, workers have planned an escalation of their struggle with a civil disobedience in front of the Renaissance Hotel. For more than 10 months, the workers at the Renaissance Hotel have organized and demanded justice at the Renaissance: an end to backbreaking workloads, an end to the mistreatment of pregnant workers, an end to constant disrespect from hotel management, an end to sub-living wages, and a fair process to choose whether or not to unionize. Come support the workers in their struggle for justice! Come join the picket to support those partaking in the civil disobedience! Come tell the community at-large to honor the workers’ boycott of the Renaissance Hotel until justice is won! Come tell The Procaccianti Group to respect its workers demands! 

    CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE + PICKET TOMORROW AT THE RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL. COME OUT TO SUPPORT WORKERS.

    Tuesday February 18 at 5:00PM at the Renaissance Providence Hotel

    5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

    Info:

    After months of picketings, numerous federal government citations against Renaissance management for mistreatment of its workers, and refusal from The Procaccianti Group to address the workers demands, workers have planned an escalation of their struggle with a civil disobedience in front of the Renaissance Hotel. 

    For more than 10 months, the workers at the Renaissance Hotel have organized and demanded justice at the Renaissance: an end to backbreaking workloads, an end to the mistreatment of pregnant workers, an end to constant disrespect from hotel management, an end to sub-living wages, and a fair process to choose whether or not to unionize. 

    Come support the workers in their struggle for justice! Come join the picket to support those partaking in the civil disobedience! Come tell the community at-large to honor the workers’ boycott of the Renaissance Hotel until justice is won! Come tell The Procaccianti Group to respect its workers demands! 

  6. Federal Government Cites Renaissance Providence Hotel for Unfair Labor Practices


    This is the second government citation against the hotel in three months. The complaint charges the hotel with multiple unfair labor practices related to deterring workers from organizing for better working conditions. Full press release after the jump. 

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  7. We’re launching the boycott of the Renaissance Providence Hotel today. Don’t eat at, sleep in, or otherwise do business with this hotel. 

  8. BOYCOTT THE RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL!
After years of struggle, workers at the Renaissance Providence Hotel will officially announcing a public boycott of the hotel this Wednesday, December 4th.
Meet at 4:30 at the hotel for a press conference and a picket. 
In a tremendous start to the boycott, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will announce its cancellation of a block of rooms they had reserved for their General Assembly convention. 
Come tell the Procaccianti Group that Providence won’t rest until justice is served at the Renaissance Hotel! 

    BOYCOTT THE RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL!

    After years of struggle, workers at the Renaissance Providence Hotel will officially announcing a public boycott of the hotel this Wednesday, December 4th.

    Meet at 4:30 at the hotel for a press conference and a picket. 

    In a tremendous start to the boycott, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will announce its cancellation of a block of rooms they had reserved for their General Assembly convention.

    Come tell the Procaccianti Group that Providence won’t rest until justice is served at the Renaissance Hotel! 

  9. OSHA CITES RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE HOTEL FOR “SERIOUS” SAFETY VIOLATIONS

    After months of investigating, the Rhode Island branch of OSHA has found the Renaissance Providence Hotel guilty of two serious safety violations carrying an initial fine of $8000. 

    We made this video last April on the issue—

    The Providence Business Journal writes that the hotel was guilty of “routinely exposing employees’ hands, arms and faces to corrosive and irritating chemicals in housekeeping and laundry areas and not performing a workplace-hazard assessment” and “not providing suitable facilities for quick flushing of eyes in areas where such chemicals were being stored or used.”

    While the initial $8000 fine isn’t much, the citation is an important vindication for workers who have been fighting these chemical dangers for months. 

  10. New video! Santa Brito, a housekeeper at the Procaccianti Group owned Renaissance Providence Hotel, talks about why she’s fighting to cut Procaccianti’s massive city tax break. 

    If you’re in Providence, please contact your city councilor and urge them to end the corporation’s tax break.