For more than eight consecutive years, the hotel industry drives the American economy, adding 188,000 new jobs since 2010 and is currently 72,000 jobs ahead of its prior peak. As a business of people serving people, our industry thrives because our people are at the core of the industry, which is why we are an above minimum-wage employer. Our industry supports competitive wages with good benefits for our employees. Indeed, the industry has increased wage and salary income by $18.5 billion over the past decade, paying employees $74 billion. More importantly, the hotels provide a pathway to career advancement that is so important to our collective success.
Yet, it is unfortunate that across the country, local and state governments have proposed wage increases that target only the hotel industry above others. Certain localities, such as Los Angeles and Santa Monica, passed wage ordinances singling out hotels, which also include opt-out provisions for unionized workplaces, giving labor an unfair advantage. These provisions are discriminatory and disrupt the well-established balance between management and labor laid out by federal labor law. Our industry will continue to fight for a fair and equitable working environment for both employees and employers.