Thumbs down: Business as usual
city regulation on business because it unreasonably interferes with private
entities' right to freely contract with each other." Hotel workers and
union organizers flooded the city-county council chambers to support the
effort, with many claiming that temporary agencies make agreements with their
clients which prevent the hotels from hiring temporary workers directly into
permanent staff positions. Opponents of the proposed ordinance said no one ever
produced proof that such a practice exists — at least not written a
document. The testimonials of hotel workers' experiences, it seems, were not
sufficient. Five days after the mayor's veto, Elvia Bahena, a worker
subcontracted to work at Hyatt who testified at the council hearing, was fired.
Absent of written agreements that effectively work to keep the most
impoverished among us — many new immigrants and refugees — locked
into indentured servitude, it seems the unwritten rules of business may be
alive and well.