Friday, May 24, 2024

Hyatt Hotels Corp., at the top of Cambridge’s unofficial list of evil entities, isn’t allowing media into its first annual meeting as a public company, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Last year the Chicago-based chain dismissed long-term housekeepers and outsourced their work, sparking a boycott, legislative action and series of protests for “the Hyatt 100.”

As Julie Wernau writes Tuesday of the plan for Hyatt’s meeting:

“I think it’s a self-defeating practice. Not to mention, I don’t think it’s good public relations, because it leads people to wonder, ‘What are they trying to hide?’” said Patrick McGurn, special counsel for proxy advisors ISS/RiskMetrics Group.

Read the whole story here, including another example of companies from Eastern Massachusetts shutting out the media: Natick-based Boston Scientific.