Hotel Blacklisting Ordinance Awaits Ballard’s Consideration

Some councilors say they haven't heard any evidence blacklisting happens.

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Indianapolis-Marion County Council members passed an ordinance aimed at curbing alleged blacklisting of hotel workers.

The Indianapolis City-County Council has passed a proposal meant to eliminate blacklisting of hospitality workers. The proposal prohibits hotels covered by a city-issued license from entering into contracts with temporary staffing agencies that would prohibit hotels from directly hiring those workers.

Democratic Councilor Brian Mahern says there have been allegations that hospitality workers have been unable to be hired directly by hotels because of these contracts.

Opponents of the proposal say it’ll hurt hotels and staffing agencies and lead to inadequate training for workers. Republican Councilor Jeff Miller says he is attempted to find examples of the blacklisting practice, but hasn’t yet found any.

“I want to note that no specific examples of employees being treated unfairly have been provided to me even though I’ve asked for them personally,” Miller says.

The proposal passed on a 16-to-12 vote and now goes to Mayor Greg Ballard‘s desk for approval.

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