About HEI Hotels: “A call for investment integrity”

From today’s Brown Daily Herald:

If the University’s publicly-stated investment standards are to be taken to have any integrity, then it must stop funding HEI now. As Simmons wrote, anti-union intimidation of workers is “contrary to our standards for investing,” and the records of workers’ rights violations at the Sheraton Crystal City and Embassy Suites Irvine leave no ambiguity about whether or not HEI is in violation of those standards.

Maribel Duarte, a housekeeper at the Embassy Suites Irvine, says that before workers at the hotel began organizing, “we were ignored and we were afraid to lose our jobs. That’s why I want to have a union — so I feel like we can speak up.”

Workers at HEI hotels across the country have been “speaking up” for the past two years. It’s time that the Brown investment office starts to listen.


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