Gotta give props to It’s All Yoga, Baby for being the only yoga blog on the scene (I think, right? I mean, who else is writing on this?) to push the issues surrounding the SF Yoga Journal Conference snub of the proposed boycott by overworked Hyatt employees known as UniteHere. As it stands the SF Yoga Journal Conference is going ahead this weekend with its celebration of itself, leaving social justice-minded closet communist yoga practitioners scratching their ready-to-pop poli-sci craniums.
What makes this confluence of events even sweeter—creating what one might consider a “perfect storm” of ironies and hypocrisies—is that, as IAYB states, both Seane Corn and MC Yogi, two highly visible and outspoken yoga “activists,” will have to essentially cross the picket line (on 1/17/12)—you know, “scab it up”—in order to attend the event. And, it is at this point that I take a moment to pray to the one true God: Please, God. In the name of all that is good. Let their be an actual picket line and let MC Yogi and Seane Corn have to cross it. So mote it be.
Now, according to a comment left on the IAYB website by YJ’s Communications Director & Managing Editor (International Editions), Dayna Macy:
“The hotel and its workers have reached agreements on wages and benefits but other issues including union membership voting rules across the Hyatt hotel chain remain unresolved.”
The Babarazzi attempted to contact UniteHere to get confirmation on the status of the worker’s relationship to the hotel and clarify the “voting rules” in question, but have yet not heard back.
It should also be mentioned that the boycott is being proposed not simply because of infractions incurred at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency, which is itself unionized, but rather as a response to a wide array of grievances held against Hyatt hotels in general.
In case you’re one of those union-hatin’ conservative libertarians out there, and believe me, unions aren’t by default untouchable and amazing (leftist critique here and general critique here), back in August of 2012 Truthout.org ran a piece discussing how broad the Hyatt boycott really was, and how the union aspect was really only one piece of the puzzle.
“Recognizing that a drive against a major multinational corporation would require broad support, both domestically and internationally, the union rallied an unusually large number of allies to aid in the campaign. Outside of other unions, the Hyatt boycott has drawn endorsements from the National Organization of Women (NOW), the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, City Life/Vida Urbana, National People’s Action, the California Council of Churches, the Sierra Club and many others.”
LGBTQQIAAP2S in the house?! Damn. Is there anything they/we/shim/InI can’t do?!
Now, I’m not saying that I want you to run out and put me on every email list advertising local Wobblie hootenannies (a word with a lovely history) around the country (though it sounds fantastic). That said, I’m always interested in knowing more about the ways in which corporations attempt to railroad that whole “Right to Assemble” clause in our lovely Constitution (here and here). Pesky thing that.
The real question is, however, who do you think is gonna be the bigger, more guilt-ridden, tipper this weekend? Will it be Ms. Corn or Mr. Yogi? We The Babarazzi say, “Both y’all better be tippin’ yr activist rumps off all muthafuggin’ weekend. Straight up.
But, the even realer real question is, when the protesters start gettin’ all rowdy, will we be seeing this, all-black clad “Protest Edition™” Seane Corn:
Or, this, more “casual Fridays” Seane Corn:
Or, are they one and the same?