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Blogger Profile: Cathy Youngblood
Cathy Youngblood has been housekeeper at the Hyatt Andaz in West Hollywood, CA for the past 3 years. A native of Ohio, before becoming a housekeeper, she slung steel in a GM auto plant for 13 years, as well as working in factories making potato chips and packing cosmetics. At the age of 59 she graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with degrees in Anthropology and African-American Studies. Cathy is currently touring the country as part of a campaign, Someone Like Me, calling on Hyatt to add a 13th member, a hotel worker, to its Board of Directors. Someone Like Me is part of a larger struggle for workers rights, respect and dignity for hotel workers across North America. To find out more about Cathy's candidacy and the Hyatt campaign, visit www.hyatthurts.org.

Cathy Youngblood's Blogs

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Cathy Youngblood

Housekeeper/Activist

June 10th, 2013

A Voice At The Top

  There comes a time when fear meets courage. It is a decision that each worker must make, especially when facing abusive working conditions. I have been a working stiff since the 1970’s and faced all kinds of injustices on the job. But it took me to the point of ... continue reading

Cathy Youngblood

Housekeeper/Activist

June 5th, 2013

Yes on People, No on Pritzker

On Thursday May 23, we heard testimony at the one and only confirmation hearing for Penny Pritzker's nomination to Commerce Secretary. Sadly, the questioning by the Senate Commerce Committee was short on details on whether she has a track record of creating quality jobs. I was there with a number ... continue reading

Cathy Youngblood

Housekeeper/Activist

June 1st, 2013

Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

I am a hotel housekeeper in Los Angeles, so immigrants are not some scary unknown other. In fact, some estimates put the number of entry-level positions in U.S. hotels and restaurants as high as 80 percent. But these workers aren't a number; they are my friends, neighbors and coworkers. And my ... continue reading

Cathy Youngblood

Housekeeper/Activist

May 20th, 2013

Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

I am a hotel housekeeper in Los Angeles, so immigrants are not some scary unknown other. In fact, some estimates put the number of entry-level positions in U.S. hotels and restaurants as high as 80 percent. But these workers aren't a number; they are my friends, neighbors and coworkers. And my ... continue reading

Cathy Youngblood

Housekeeper/Activist

May 12th, 2013

How Do Mothers Do It?

Mother's Day in America has been celebrated since the early 20th century. It is the one day of the year which should bring joy to every mom. But when I see a young mother on the street with her children in tow, I wonder how she gets through the day. ... continue reading

Cathy Youngblood

Housekeeper/Activist

May 10th, 2013

You Don't See Me, But I'm in Your Hotel Room Right Now

My name is Cathy; one of thousands of hospitality workers you meet in the hallways, the restaurant, and the front desk. Most blogs that people read on here are written by pundits or political analysts, but very few are written by people who scrub toilets for a living. I do. ... continue reading

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  • June 10th, 2013

    A Voice At The Top

      There comes a time when fear meets courage. It is a decision that each worker must make, especially when facing abusive working conditions. I ...

  • June 5th, 2013

    Yes on People, No on Pritzker

    On Thursday May 23, we heard testimony at the one and only confirmation hearing for Penny Pritzker's nomination to Commerce Secretary. Sadly, the questioning by ...

  • June 1st, 2013

    Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

    I am a hotel housekeeper in Los Angeles, so immigrants are not some scary unknown other. In fact, some estimates put the number of entry-level ...

  • May 20th, 2013

    Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

    I am a hotel housekeeper in Los Angeles, so immigrants are not some scary unknown other. In fact, some estimates put the number of entry-level ...

  • May 12th, 2013

    How Do Mothers Do It?

    Mother's Day in America has been celebrated since the early 20th century. It is the one day of the year which should bring joy to ...

  • May 10th, 2013

    You Don't See Me, But I'm in Your Hotel Room Right Now

    My name is Cathy; one of thousands of hospitality workers you meet in the hallways, the restaurant, and the front desk. Most blogs that people ...

  • May 10th, 2013

    You Don't See Me, But I'm in Your Hotel Room Right Now

    My name is Cathy; one of thousands of hospitality workers you meet in the hallways, the restaurant, and the front desk. Most blogs that people ...

  • May 12th, 2013

    How Do Mothers Do It?

    Mother's Day in America has been celebrated since the early 20th century. It is the one day of the year which should bring joy to ...

  • May 20th, 2013

    Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

    I am a hotel housekeeper in Los Angeles, so immigrants are not some scary unknown other. In fact, some estimates put the number of entry-level ...

  • June 1st, 2013

    Immigration Reform -- Notes from an African American

    I am a hotel housekeeper in Los Angeles, so immigrants are not some scary unknown other. In fact, some estimates put the number of entry-level ...

  • June 5th, 2013

    Yes on People, No on Pritzker

    On Thursday May 23, we heard testimony at the one and only confirmation hearing for Penny Pritzker's nomination to Commerce Secretary. Sadly, the questioning by ...

  • June 10th, 2013

    A Voice At The Top

      There comes a time when fear meets courage. It is a decision that each worker must make, especially when facing abusive working conditions. I ...

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