Companies should recall women of color to the workplace

April 2021

Companies should recall women of color to the workplace

Women have been working for years to create good jobs in the hospitality industry, and it should not be inevitable that they will “never regain their pre-pandemic earning power.”[1] In a recent article in Conde Nast Traveler, “Women in the Travel Industry Are Bearing the Brunt of the Pandemic’s Economic Hardship”, Jessica Puckett interviewed women working in the hospitality industry about how the pandemic has impacted them. The long-term effects detailed can and should be curtailed.

Companies should recall women of color to the workplace – and customers can vote with their wallets, and choose to stay at union hotels and casinos where workers have the right to return to their jobs.

Here are just a few reasons to support union hotels and casinos:

  • Unions help raise women’s pay. Hourly wages for women represented by a union are 5.8% higher on average than for nonunionized women with comparable characteristics. 
  • Black and Hispanic workers get a larger boost from unionization. Black workers represented by a union are paid 13.7% more than their non-unionized peers. Hispanic workers represented by unions are paid 20.1% more than their non-unionized peers.

As you look forward to your next trip, use your consumer dollars to make a difference.

UNITE HERE members have worked hard for decades to create good jobs in the hospitality industry, and we are not stopping. You can support us by staying at union hotels and casinos when you travel. Visit www.FairHotel.org for more information on where to stay.