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Invisible in a number of ways: Spring break with Miami's hotel housekeepers.


You see a sort of mass industrialization of hotel labor that is a bit similar to the way factory labor was mass-ified in the 20th century. You see an increasing movement to the deskilling of hotel labor, the mechanization of it, and the increasing precarity the labor. You see the amount of time they're allowed to do a certain amount of labor shrinking, and the level of intensity growing.

Journalist Michelle Chen reports on the labor conditions of Miami's hotel housekeepers - from the increasing demands of management-imposed piecework, to the necessity of enduring physical and sexual harassment from hotel guests - and explains why the built-in economic precarity of hotel workers is being worsened by managment's use of guest workers to skirt domestic labor laws, and our own blindness to the conditions of our fellow workers.

Michelle wrote the article Spring Break’s Cleanup Crew for Slate.

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Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a contributing editor at In These Times, a blogger at The Nation, an associate editor at CultureStrike and co-host of Dissent's Belabored podcast.


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