Two-thirds of hotels report staff shortages despite record wages

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CEI’s Sean Higgins was cited in the Washington Times on hotel staffing shortages:

However, Sean Higgins, an analyst at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, said increasing the immigrant workforce would undermine union pushes for higher wages among employees who currently have alternatives to the “tiring physical labor” of hotel employment.

“Allowing more immigrant workers to come to the United States legally would benefit the employers as well as the immigrants,” Mr. Higgins said. “But remember that labor itself is a resource. The basic law of supply and demand says that the more we bring in, the less leverage domestic workers have to demand higher wages, benefits and flexibility.”

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