CAMBRIDGE, MA — Earlier this week, members of the Cambridge City Council
unanimously voted in support of a regulation prohibiting the subcontracting of hotel housekeeping services within city limits, according to the Cambridge Chronicle
According to the story, the vote was a response to Hyatt Hotels and Resorts''
firing of 100 housekeepers last summer at its three Boston area hotels and replacing them with outsourced labor making minimum wage.
Dozens of disgruntled housekeepers were present at the Cambridge City Council chambers to voice their opinions and lend support to the proposed regulation, the story stated.
Dissenters, including Terrence Smith, director of government affairs with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
, claim the regulation will place unfair burdens on city hotels and intrude on their ability to conduct business, the story noted.
City Councilor Marjorie Decker
said: "We are strongly in favor of protecting workers. We believe good business is taking care of workers. In order to be pro-business, I must be pro worker."
Some question whether or not the regulation is even legal and claim the action to be an indictment on the entire hospitality industry — including those whose hiring practices do not include outsourcing, the story added.