A new report from Puget Sound Sage–a coalition of community, labor and faith organizations in the Seattle area–outlines the hotel industry in the region from the perspective of the workers who make it run.
The report features a thorough analysis of the trends in the industry: poverty earnings and increasing workload for hotel workers, and increasing profitability with public subsidies for hotel corporations.
The report also spotlights a number of individual hotel workers, including Jian Hua Wu, a housekeeper at a non-union hotel. Jian says, “I played professional basketball in China for 5 years, then had a career selling medicine to doctors [pharmaceutical sales], so I know how to take care of my body…. I had no idea before I started how hard the work would be.”