Three  Corporate Voices’ partner companies – Marriott InternationalSodexo and Children’s Creative Learning Centers – are among the first winners of the Best Companies for Hourly Workers recognition. They are joined by McDonald’s USA, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and UNM Hospitals.

In addition,  our corporate partner Johnson & Johnson is being recognized as a Spotlight Award Winner because of its innovative support for the men and women in hourly positions throughout their company.

When Corporate Voices initiated this Best Companies for Hourly Workers recognition in partnership with Working Mother Media, we wanted to highlight those companies that set the standard for best practices for hourly workers. Clearly, these winning organizations do just that. They offer hourly workers benefits such as health insurance and company-matching 401(k)s, as well as paid vacation and sick days, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts and flexible work schedules.

Also, we wanted to use this recognition as a way to engage business leaders and policymakers in an important discussion about hourly workers and their role in our nation’s economic competitiveness.

Winning companies will be honored on May 4 at a luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel hosted by Marriott and sponsored by Corporate Voices.

The luncheon will also include an interactive panel discussion with business executives on hourly worker and lower-wage issues that will be hosted by Corporate Voices. We are pleased that Marriott CEO J.W. Marriott Jr. has agreed to participate in this event.

The winners also will be highlighted in the May issue of Working Mother magazine.

Congratulations to the Best Companies for Hourly Workers.