How do you quit a job especially if the working conditions are horrendous? You quit with a bang. That’s what Joey of Rhode Island did when he quit his job at the Marriott Hotel in Providence.
Joey worked for the hotel for more than three years while going to school full time. The job allowed him to pay for his tuition and living expenses, he said.
According to Joey:
“The working conditions in the hotel are horrendous. In the kitchen, workers are regularly forced to work 10, 11, 14, 16 hour shifts that begin at 5:30AM and last well into the night. Housekeepers are reprimanded if they fail to clean 16 rooms or more in a 9 hour shift. Anyone who speaks up—especially anyone who is openly pro-union—is disciplined or fired. Managers, like Jared, scream down employees daily.”
Because of this, Joey joined his co-workers in organizing a formal union for the hotel, to no avail.
“The hotel has yet to recognize our union, and they continue a vicious union-busting campaign. They punish and fire pro-union workers, spread lies in captive-audience meetings, and generally attempt to scare the workers out of joining the union. Still, through just being organized and threatening to form a union, we’ve won countless victories, including raises, new uniforms, lower housekeeper room quotas, etc.”
So how did Joey quit? He brought his friends, who are members of a marching band, informed his boss Jared that he’s quitting, and the trumpets and cymbals erupted as Joey walked his way out.
Joey stressed though that his action was an individual decision and had nothing to do with the union.
If you’re in Joey’s shoes, how would you quit your job?