Months after joining President Obama in a push for amnesty, the CEO of Marriott International is asking hotel guests to start tipping maids, suggesting that he and like-minded CEOs expect customers to pay extra for workers legalized by amnesty if it’s passed.
Through a new program called The Envelope Please, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson announced the hotel chain will begin encouraging guests to “express their gratitude by leaving tips and notes of thanks for hotel room attendants in designated envelopes provided in hotel rooms.”
“Marriott is proud to support The Envelope Please to shine a light on the excellent behind-the-scenes work our room attendants do day in and day out,” he said. “Room attendants are the largest employee group within Marriott International and the heart of the house.”
Sorenson, who wants Congress to enact amnesty for illegal aliens, also claimed his maids are paid “competitive wages and benefit packages,” but instead of giving them raises, he apparently wants to pass the costs to customers, especially if Marriott gains immigrant workers granted amnesty by the government.
Last January, Sorenson said “practical immigration reform in America is good for our industry” in a op/ed targeted at business professionals.
“As unemployment inches downward, we also need a functioning immigration system that helps us staff positions that might otherwise go unfilled, especially in our seasonal resorts,” he wrote.
In other words, by encouraging Americans to both support amnesty and to tip housekeeping, Sorenson is likely envisioning a future where Marriott fills open positions with immigrants given amnesty while underpaying them because their wages are subsidized by guests.
Unfortunately, the leadership of dozens of other multinational corporations, such as the McDonald’s Corporation and the Coca-Cola Company, also share Sorenson’s sentiments.
“These companies cite a recent Congressional Budget Office report, arguing that the Senate bill would grow the economy, [but] they conveniently left out the CBO estimate that even though the amnesty might make the economy larger, it would simultaneously make American workers poorer by lowering the wages of American workers for a decade or more,” Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies wrote. “The companies claim the bill is an ‘opportunity to level the playing field for U.S. employers’ but it is more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens.”
“It is difficult to understand how these companies can feel justified in demanding the importation of cheap labor with a straight face at a time when tens of millions of Americans are unemployed.”