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Growing Profits at Workers’ Expense

Growing Profits at Workers’ Expense

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The financial pressures of the recession led many hotels to cut back dramatically on staffing levels. Recovering profits, however, has not translated to new hiring. In a push for increased labor productivity the industry has increased the workloads for their employees. These pressures have led to greater injury rates throughout the industry, especially among housekeepers. These trends hold in other metropolitan regions throughout the state, as workers in both Rochester and Duluth face similar pressure.
The financial pressures of the recession led many hotels to cut back dramatically on staffing levels. Recovering profits, however, has not translated to new hiring. In a push for increased labor productivity the industry has increased the workloads for their employees. These pressures have led to greater injury rates throughout the industry, especially among housekeepers. These trends hold in other metropolitan regions throughout the state, as workers in both Rochester and Duluth face similar pressure.

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Published by: Minnesota 2020 on Jul 11, 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Findings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Immediate StepsIntermediate StepsForward Looking Solutions
Prots and Protability come at Worker Expense
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Prots Up as Workloads Increase for Hotel Employees
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Hotel Labor Practices and Injury Rates
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
A Disproportionate Impact of Industry Hardships on People of Color and Women
 . . . .18
Increased Protability at Taxpayer Expense
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Conclusion
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