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"The Race To The Bottom" By: Ellen Ruppel Shell

LAST MONTH, Hyatt Hotels Corp. fired 98 housekeepers, many of them veteran employees who made $15 an hour, and replaced them with $8-an-hour "temporary" workers provided by Hospitality Staffing Solutions, an outsourcing firm in Atlanta. While the details are murky, and Hospitality Staffing Solutions is not forthcoming on its website, at least some of these new employees are reportedly "guest workers" on H-2B visas. Download entire Letter to The Editors by Ellen Ruppel Shell, a professor at Boston University, who is author most recently of "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture," in PDF format.

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