Let’s face it. When we travel, we’re not always thinking about our impact on the world. For those of you that do, you’re awesome. But often times, when we get to our hotel room, we take a minute to flop into the big ole bed, throw some pillows at whomever we’re sharing the room with, unpack into the roomy closet and the big bureaus in the room, throw off the top sheets and relax.
Ever think about how all that stuff got there? How the room got pristine and fully loaded with all those creature comforts? Or in the rare instances where the room WASN’T picture perfect when you got there, why that might be?
Housekeepers at hotels are, in some ways, the most important employees there, because without them, the main product the hotel is selling, a really comfortable clean room, would not be there. But being a housekeeper at a hotel is one of the most painful, difficult, physically strenuous jobs out there. Moving around extra-heavy beds and furniture over and over again each day is extremely difficult. Often, this group of workers is given too many rooms for them to handle cleaning properly in one shift.
Why am i pointing this out today? Well, it is a major travel weekend. And it also marks the start of the Ethical Travel Pledge by our friends at Jewish Funds for Justice, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the Progressive Jewish Alliance. The pledge, to support workers by being a little more considerate in our hotel rooms, in choosing where we stay, and making sure we leave decent gratuities, is not so big in what it asks (personally, I already do a few of those things). But a concerted effort to do the right thing by the workers who make our trips so comfortable will go a long way in making their lives a lot easier.
Kudos on an important project. Take the pledge here.