January 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Boston, MA- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued $12,000 in health-violation citations to the Wyndham Beacon Hill “hospital hotel” in Boston, which caters to outpatients and those newly discharged from the city’s hospitals.
Workers at the hotel complained in May about having to work with blood-sopped carpets, feces-soiled sheets and towels, and needles left in rooms. The container workers are supposed to put used needles in is in an office that’s locked during the night shift, says housekeeper Aura Berciano-Reyes. Management has until Jan. 5 to correct the conditions cited by OSHA, which include failing to provide adequate gloves, failing to isolate contaminated laundry, and insufficient training in how to use personal protective equipment. The hotel is nonunion, but workers have been trying to join UNITE HERE Local 26, filing a complaint about alleged union-busting practices with the National Labor Relations Board in May and staging a one-day strike in June. Read more