Every day, America’s hotels make dreams come true—not just for our guests, but also for the 8.3 million people whose jobs we support. That’s more than one in every 25 American jobs. Hotels contribute nearly $660 billion to the U.S. GDP. And with lifelong careers and upward mobility, we have the unique ability to provide our employees the chance to achieve the American Dream.
The hotel industry is growing at a significant pace, adding 160,000 new jobs since 2015. People are at the core of our industry, which is why we are an above-minimum wage employer. Our industry supports competitive wages with good benefits for our employees. Indeed, hotel industry compensation increased to $97.2 billion in 2018, a 16 percent increase since 2015.
Unfortunately, in some markets local and state governments have proposed wage increases that target only the hotel industry. In some cases, local wage ordinances have even included 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.