Alma Mazariegos, a housekeeper at the Crowne
Plaza LAX, has supplemented her income with
the bedbug bounty on two occasions. In
November 2014, she found a bedbug in a room
that had been previously treated for bed bugs.
Management told her the bedbug did not qualify
for the reward because it was dead. As her
fortune would have it, Ms. Mazariegos found
a live bedbug in the same room the next day,
and got her $100 reward. In September 2015,
she got another $100 bounty.
Without a union, Crowne Plaza LAX housekeepers
have had no voice in shaping significant
employment policies, like the hotel's bedbug
policy. Now, they are finding they have no
voice in whether the policy is still in effect.