No shame

As this article in Fortune reports, the Marriott Corporation acknowledges that the housekeepers at its hotels deserve greater recognition.  Instead of acknowledging the contributions of these workers by increasing their salaries, its gesture of acknowledgment is to leave envelopes soliciting gratuities in guests’ rooms.  Kudos to this business-oriented publication for calling out Marriott on its parsimony.  Although I’m sure Maria Shriver and her organization, who have supported Marriott’s initiative,  but also support an increase in the minimum wage and other progressive economic policies, mean well, I’d be happier if they pressured Marriott to increase housekeepers’ pay instead of assisting the employer to solicit tips on their behalf.  The Fortune article said it best:  “to a fatigued public living in an economic environment where corporate profits are at their highest level in at least 85 years and employee compensation is at its lowest level in 65 years, Marriott’s well-intentioned tip envelopes seem like yet another case in which a corporation is relying on consumers to pay workers’ wages instead of investing in employees directly.”


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