Hundreds Mobilize in Indianapolis to Ask Mayor to Include Tax Relief for Hotel Workers in Budget
August 16, 2011
On August 15, nearly 400 members of the Indianapolis community packed City-County Council chambers to show their support for a proposed city ordinance that would give some hotel workers earning less than $25,000 tax relief of around $200 per year. In the last decade, Indiana taxpayers have contributed a billion dollars to the regional tourism industry, yet Indianapolis hotel workers are some of the lowest paid hotel workers in the nation. There are currently no Union hotels in Indianapolis. Indianapolis residents turned up in droves after having pledged to “adopt a worker” and stand in place of workers who might otherwise risk their jobs by speaking out publicly. One resident wrote a letter to the editor in the Indianapolis Star explaining why she participated.