Attendees of conferences and conventions have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of working women by saying no to Marriott’s “Make a Green Choice” program.
Every person that refuses to take points to decline housekeeping makes a difference in the life of a housekeeper. Housekeepers at 6 hotels in Boston in 2016 lost over 6,800 shifts and $1.7 million in wages and benefits because of an estimated 89 thousand room nights not serviced because of the program.
That’s what the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) did when the organization refused Marriott’s Make a Green Choice program on behalf of attendees of their annual convention at a Marriott in New Orleans. NELA leadership’s decision to send a letter to Marriott leadership, include the housekeepers’ message in their convention program, and tangibly impact working women’s access to safe work is a great example.
We encourage organizations who are aligned with our values to use their upcoming meetings, conferences, and conventions to stand with working women leading a call on the world’s largest hotel company to clean up their act.
We want to thank @NELA_HQ for REFUSING @Marriott’s “Make a Green Choice” program @ #NELANATION! Green Choice results in housekeepers, mostly immigrant women, going home in pain. We need real sustainability programs, not #greenwashing. #1u
— UNITE HERE (@unitehere) June 27, 2019