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City-County Council Passes Hotel "Blacklisting" Proposal

7/17/2012

The Indianapolis City-County Council has passed a proposal meant to eliminate blacklisting of hospitality workers from being hired directly by hotels.

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The proposal prohibits hotels covered by a city-issued license from entering into contracts with temporary staffing agencies that would prohibit hotels from directly hiring those workers. Democratic Councillor Brian Mahern says there have been allegations that hospitality workers have been unable to be hired directly by hotels because of these contracts. "Workers have reported being blacklisted from working full- or part-time at hotels other than the hotels selected for them by the temporary employment service."

Opponents of the proposal state that this would hurt not only the hotels and staffing agencies but the employees as well as they would not receive the adequate training for the positions. Opponents also state that the hotel industry is being unfairly singled out in this matter. Republican Councillor Jeff Miller says he's spoken with members of all of the parties involved to understand the core issues of the proposal and says he was never provided with any specific examples of employees being treated unfairly. Miller says the proposal would hurt all parties involved, including employees.

In a statement released after Monday's meeting, Council President Maggie Lewis said, "In today's economy, more often than not individuals must seek more than one job in order to provide for their families. Due to the wages often paid to hotel workers, many find themselves in need of additional employment and desire to work within their area of expertise in our ever growing hospitality industry. That is why the City County Council has approved Proposal 179. We must work together to ensure that hotel workers have the freedom to work wherever they choose and not place limitations in their efforts to earn a fair and livable income. I am pleased that the proposal has passed through the Council hope the Mayor will support our decision and sign this proposal into law."

The proposal passed with a 16-12 vote and now goes to Mayor Ballard's desk for approval.

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