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The Impact of Low Wages on Long Beach Hotel Workers


The pandemic took its toll on many industries. The hotel industry in Long Beach was no exception, but in the years since the pandemic, the hotel industry in Long Beach has not only regained its financial health but has surpassed pre-pandemic profits. But does this corporate comeback story paint a complete picture for Long Beach and its residents? How have the workers who helped generate these profits fared? A recent survey of Long Beach hotel workers, both union and non-union, paints a dire economic picture of the workforce behind the success of Long Beach Hotels. Nearly 100 workers were surveyed anonymously (to prevent any form of retaliation) in December 2023 and January 2024 to gather information regarding the quality of their lives and gauge how the passage of Measure RW would impact their lives.