Thumbs up: Helping out hotel workers
At Monday night's meeting, City-County Council President Maggie Lewis continued her long-standing support of Indy's hotel workers with the introduction of a Freedom to Work ordinance. The proposal, sponsored by CCC Vice President Brian Mahern, would prevent temporary staffing agencies from making agreements with hotels that would impede workers from moving a temporary firm to a hotel looking for a permanent employee. "Workers claim that area hotels have agreements that block them from taking better paying jobs in other hotels to make ends meet," a UNITE HERE news release said. "They hold that after working for temporary agencies, they are barred from working directly for area hotels, leaving them with no choice but to continue to work for temporary agencies for as little as $7.25 per hour with no health insurance, sick days, or vacation days." The CCC referred the ordinance to its Rules and Public Policy Committee.