Our Pain, Their Gain: The hidden costs of profitability in Seattle hotels

April 2012
Puget Sound Sage

While Seattle’s downtown hotel sector recovers from the recession and faces widely projected growth and profitability, its workforce endures poverty wages and pain and injury from unsustainable management practices. Our Pain, Their Gain: The hidden cost of profitability in Seattle hotels reveals how industry practices keep workers in poverty with low wages and unaffordable health benefits requiring public dollars to subsidize their health care costs as well as their food and housing.