NFL Players Association threatens to Boycott Indianapolis Hotels during Combine

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NFL Players. including Colts' Jeff Saturday, are threatening to boycott Indianapolis hotels during the NFL Winter Combine.

The NFL Players Association is taking a stand with local Indianapolis hotel workers who feel they've been discriminated against because they want to form a union. Saturday is a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee. He signed a letter that went out to the parent companies of the Hyatt and Westin Hotels downtown, and the Sheraton Suites on the northside.

The letter in part states:"In Indianapolis an overwhelming majority of the workers at the hotels have called for a fair process, free from employer intimidation, to allow them to choose whether or not to join a union." The letter goes on to say "the NFL combine in Indianapolis fills many hotel rooms and will do business with hotels that treat their employees with fairness and respect."

Bill Selm worked as the Westin's Hotel doorman for 14 years.

"In August 2008, they fired my whole department," said Selm. "I was open and in favor of a union, I was in delegations, and I spoke on the steps of the statehouse."

Selm was fired from his job and replaced he says with outsourced workers. Fox59 contacted the three hotels named in the letters.

Only the Hyatt released a statement saying in part : "We have received the letter from the National Football League Players Association and will reach out to them directly to address the questions they have raised.  We are disappointed that Unite Here, in an aggressive campaign to pursue its own agenda, continues to mislead the public about Hyatt's commitment to our employees.  Hyatt Regency Indianapolis has not made hourly staff reductions during the economic downturn, no full-time associates have lost benefits and we are a wage leader in the market.  Hyatt supports its employees' rights to choose whether they want to be represented by a union in a democratic, secret-ballot process supervised by the appropriate government representatives."

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