Condemning it as “anti-business,” Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei objected to allowing a proposed Senate Resolution calling for a boycott of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation to pass during today’s informal session, saying it is “unprecedented” for the state to urge residents to boycott a private employer.
The resolution was filed to protest the Hyatt’s decision to fire the housekeeping staff at its Boston and Cambridge locations and bring in new employees at significantly lower wages. In response, Senator Tisei issued the following statement:
I certainly don’t condone the Hyatt’s actions, and I feel terrible about what happened to their workers. However, I don’t think the Senate has ever passed a resolution that encourages a boycott of a private company. It’s unheard of, and just another example of how anti-business state government has become.
This recession has impacted all businesses, and hundreds of companies have been forced to lay people off just to survive. Are we going to pass a resolution every time a company announces layoffs? If a company needs to cut wages and take other cost-saving measures in order to stay solvent, are they going to have to constantly worry about the State Senate passing a resolution urging them to be boycotted? Clearly, this is ridiculous.
Only a small percentage of people serving in the Legislature today have ever held a real job outside of state government. If they did, they would understand that businesses, not government, are responsible for growing the economy, generating revenues, and creating new jobs. With unemployment at 9.1 percent, and so many companies struggling to just keep their heads above water, we should be doing everything we can to help them weather the downturn in the economy, and not trying to stigmatize them and drive them out of business.
I put a lot of the blame squarely on Governor Patrick, whose actions and call for a boycott clearly demonstrate that he has declared open season on the business community. Now his minions are all coming out of the woodwork and repeating his anti-business rhetoric. When elected officials are openly attacking business leaders and calling them ‘pigs’, it shows a clear lack of understanding of just how important employers are to the state’s economy.
I was discouraged to read over the weekend that EMC – one of the state’s largest employers – is moving 400 jobs to North Carolina because of the high electrical rates here in Massachusetts. These are the kinds of problems we should be addressing and trying to fix.
Instead of attacking businesses, the Legislature should be meeting in session every day to discuss how we can improve the state’s business climate, encourage companies to locate and expand here, and get Massachusetts residents back to work.