Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2008

Capstone Advisor

Stephen Parks

Honors Reader

Harvey Teres

Capstone Major

Writing Program

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


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Although working class issues are not invisible in academia, it seems less common to hear them from the members of the working class themselves. There are many scholars who speak for them, but not exactly with them. This project allows five blue collar employees of the Holiday Inn located inLiverpool,NY to speak for themselves about the work they do and the union in which they participate. Liverpool’s Holiday Inn is the only union hotel in theSyracuse area, so this project also explores what it means to have unions in the hotel industry. This project presents the stories of five employees from various departments ofLiverpool’s Holiday Inn. These employees participated in a series of interviews, which were transcribed and edited into the narratives presented in this project. The employees discuss their families, what brought them to the hotel and why they stay, their work within the hotel, the relationships they have formed at the Holiday Inn, the impact the union has on their lives and their jobs, their histories, the problems and hardships they face as a result of their strenuous work, and more.

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