The COVID–19 pandemic is hitting hospitality workers especially hard. As business pauses in theme parks, sports and event venues, airports, hotels, and convention centers, working families are facing layoffs and uncertainty. You can help by making a donation today.
As frontline workers in the hospitality, food service and transportation industries, nearly 300,000 UNITE HERE members and the families they support will be among those most affected by the coronavirus.
Already, large numbers of workers are facing unprecedented layoffs in the face of decreased travel, cancelled meetings and hotel bookings, university closures, and suspended sporting events. Some 90 percent of UNITE HERE union members are laid off.
To make matters worse, on April 1 tens of thousands of laid off workers will lose their health insurance. Hospitality workers, who are a majority women, immigrants, and people of color, need support to weather this storm now.
Donate today to help hospitality workers meet basic needs during layoffs or reduced hours at secure.actblue.com/donate/unite-here-em and designate “Local 74.”
Funds will be used to help hospitality workers:
- Maintain family health insurance coverage during layoffs or reduced hours.
- Pay for food, rent, and utilities.
- Replace wages lost due to reduced hours and tips.
- Retrain for new jobs during the business downturn.