Hyatt Union Protests; Banks and Tenant Foreclosures; Gray Davis’ Downfall; Uptown Tenderloin; School Board Elections …

by on November 22, 2010

To the Editor:

The rush to greed and to the bottom line by Hyatt not only insults its employees (by the way, they aren’t Associates!), but also it is an insult to their customers who will pay top dollars for a room that was cleaned hurriedly. That means a room not thoroughly cleaned and a social injustice against a maid. Cleaning a hotel room is not like making a gadget in a factory where everything else is subordinate to the number of gadget per unite time. The guest wants a room that is healthy, which means cleaned in due time.

We should use the media to let people know the inconveniences of squeezing so many room in one maid. In parallel to the maids, we the food servers in banquets are experiencing a horrid battering in the last decade. Plates, covers for plates, glasses, silverware, trays, etc. have became unbearably heavy. We are required to carry 10 plates with their covers on a tray to sometimes walk almost a bloc to deliver the food. Prior to 2000, most hotels and Moscone Center didn’t have heavy equipments. I believe the UNION must question these purchases of cheap, heavy china and cutlery.

Nafiss Griffis
San Francisco

To the Editor:

It was quite clear that the author of this article was pro-union and it is very easy for him to twist numbers to make his case against the hotels look better. He makes a clear point that at the San Fransico hotel, 57% of all that hotel’s accidents are from the housekeeping dept.

Of course it is! Housekeeping departments make up 90% of all employees in almost every hotel. Housekeeping is the biggest department in a hotel by far. Of course, they will make up the majority of any statistic you look at based on law of averages! As far as the union protesting these hotels in Chicago … it is only because the union contracts have not been signed and they are trying to get leverage on the hotels. They don’t care about the safety of the employees.

Again, just the greed of the union twisting numbers to make the hotels look bad. By the way, he talks about the Hyatt in Chicago… Funny thing the Hyatt Regency Chicago was just awarded one of the Top Workplaces in Chicago this month. And they were rated that way by none other than their employees!

Bottom line is, articles like this one are the reason why this country is so screwed up. You have jaded people such as Carl Finamore in the media reporting on news and the general public that do not know any better take this information as fact.

T. Moritz

To the Editor:

Nice concept, but banks are not and should not be in the landlord business. How are banks supposed to handle tenants with below market value leases or lease terms that they or any other prudent landlord would never have agreed to? How are banks to sell the properties with uncooperative tenants?

George Davis
San Francisco

To the Editor:

I agree with much of your article’s conclusions, but I take exception to the intimation that Governor Gray Davis’ administration fell from its own ennui. My own recollection of events is that he was toppled by an illegal petition campaign, funded by the right, the aim of which was to discredit a capable, albeit troubled, sitting governor. It was a shameful act of political piracy that both squandered public resources and held California up to widespread ridicule.

Ray Staar
San Francisco

To the Editor:

I really think that the Geary-O’Farrell maps will improve our community, and it is such a pleasure to be around all these years working for THC and see the beautiful changes as the years go by.

Leona Luckett
Property Manager, Hartland Hotel
San Francisco

To the Editor:

A clarification is needed here. The election of SF School Board members was not ranked-choice per se. Voters simply picked up to three candidates, in no particular order, and in the end the three with the highest number of votes won (50% 1 threshold did not have to be reached). The totals changed over time as the last mail-in and provisional ballots were tallied. The Supervisor races, where only one person is the ultimate winner, required voters to pick up to three as well, but to rank their choices. Only first-choice votes were counted first. Those results changed over time as well, but because of the ranked-choice system itself, not just because more ballots were coming in. The candidates with the least first-choice votes were eliminated one by one, and voters’ first-choice votes were replaced in the totals by their second or third choices.

Joni Eisen
San Francisco

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