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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.