Housekeepers stand up against hazardous workloads and injuries at the Tempe Mission Palms

Hold 10 Day Vigil with community allies as they say No Mas Lesiones. These are their stories.

Irma Fuentes; Housekeeper; 17 years

I am tired of breaking my body, day in & day out because of the hard workload we receive. The pressure of cleaning 17 rooms in less than 8 hours, stresses me out. This workload causes pains on the soles of my feet, arms and back. The back aches I have when I get home after work causes me to crawl from one sofa to the other. All I can do when I get home is eat, go to bed and do the work all over again the next day.

Irma Fuentes; Housekeeper; 17 years
Dorita Valero; Housekeeper; 4 years

 I suffer from Diabetes & the constant pressure to clean rooms and do houseman work causes my blood pressure to rise. My back is in constant pain, and I have pains on the soles of my feet. I get home with no energy, dizzy and unable to spend time with my family.

Dorita Valero; Housekeeper; 4 years
Maria Barrera; Housekeeper; 1 year

On Sunday November 8th, I was under a lot of pressure to finish my rooms.  I suffer from diabetes, and my blood pressure drops every time I have to run around like this to get the work done. This makes me to dizzy, stressed, and anxious. I get home exhausted, with pains in my lower back, hands and wrists, with not energy to do anything. I just want to be able to enjoy my family, and my grandson, without having to be bed ridden, every time I come home. 

Maria Barrera; Housekeeper; 1 year
Rosalia Rangel; Housekeeper; 7 years

In June of this year, I injured my shoulder lifting a mattress. I told Irma, our housekeeping supervisor, that the mattresses are really heavy. Her response to me was, “you just don’t know how to lift it.” Everyday I get home in pain, with my shoulder, back, wrists, hands, and neck aching, because I lift heavy king size mattresses 32 times a day. The doctor told me I might have a hernia, due to the force I put on my body, but I cannot know for sure since I don’t have health insurance to check. I cannot even play with my youngest son, I feel like I am missing his childhood. 

Rosalia Rangel; Housekeeper; 7 years
Esther Morales; Housekeeping; 13 years

I became pregnant and when I asked for help I did not get it. They would send me to help other women instead. I would have to lift heavy mattresses up to 30 times a day, this would cause unbearable lower back pains for me. I injured my hand while lifting one of these mattresses and the doctor said I should work with restrictions. The managers did not respect my restrictions, and I continued to do rooms. My hand will never be the same again. When I get home, I am so exhausted from work that I am unable to carry even my baby. 

Esther Morales; Housekeeping; 13 years
Alicia Dimas; Housekeeper; 9 years
On October of this year, I was under a lot of pressure to get the rooms done. I slipped on the wet floor while cleaning a bath tub. I got up, dazed and confused at what had just happened.
I reported the incident to my supervisor and she said it was my my fault, for not wearing the correct shoes. I feel pain in my feet, elbows back and neck. I continue to work because as a single mother I cannot afford to lose a single day of work.
Alicia Dimas; Housekeeper; 9 years
Estela Valero; Laundry; 6 years

I had surgery on my knee three years ago, and the constant movement required to do the work, causes pain on my knee. The more I move, the more my knee hurts. I run around from one place to the other doing public areas, and PC, the housekeeping manager constantly, telling me how to do my job. The constant pressure I feel at work is not good for my knee or my health.

Estela Valero; Laundry; 6 years
Yolanda Hernandez; Laundry; 23 years

On September 23rd, 2015. I was working alone in the laundry. I injured my shoulder taking out heavy loads of wet bed sheets out from the washer. I reported the incident and my manager, simply told me to put ice on it. My pain will never go away because I cannot afford to stop working. I continue to work, because I need to provide for my kids and for myself. 

Yolanda Hernandez; Laundry; 23 years
Orgelia Gimenez; Housekeeper; 1 year

On September 12th 2015, I injured my arm and shoulder lifting a king mattress. That day, was busy, and I needed to get the work done. My supervisor was rushing me to finish the rooms.  The company did not respect my restrictions. I would get home in pain, so bad, that anytime I picked anything up, it would fall off of my hand. 

Orgelia Gimenez; Housekeeper; 1 year
Andrew Black; Houseman; 1 year

On September 11th, I injured my shoulder. My manager PC told me to put ice on it. The heavy workload leaves me with pain in my feet. I cannot afford to lose any days of work. I get home exhausted and cannot spend any time with my children.

Andrew Black; Houseman; 1 year
Teresa Romero; Housekeeper; 1 month

I am in a constant hurry to finish my rooms every day. I have to use my feet to mop the floors which leaves me in pain. I get home and feel like I am in a million pieces of how exhausted I am. I have pain in my lower back, knees, hands, and wrists. 

Teresa Romero; Housekeeper; 1 month