The COVID–19 pandemic is hitting the more than 300,000 UNITE HERE members in the U.S. and Canada 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 today by donating to the UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund.
Funds are 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
- Millions of workers—not just billionaire companies—need cash in their pockets right now!
Call Congress to tell them that you do NOT support any bailout package for the rich that doesn’t make workers the top priority.
- Event workers in major league sports shouldn’t lose wages or healthcare.
Sign the petition to tell billionaire team owners to pay up!
- More workers in the airport and airline industries are being laid off every day.
Tell Congress to put workers first in any airline and airport bailout.
- March 14, 2020, Statement D. Taylor on passage of H.R. 6201, Coronavirus Response Agreement
- March 13, 2020, Statement from UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor
- March 8, 2020, UNITE HERE President D. Taylor Applauds New Bill Requiring Paid Sick Leave in Response to Coronavirus
- March 5, 2020, American Federation of Teachers and UNITE HERE Call on Federal Government to Introduce Paid Sick Leave and Release Comprehensive Health, Safety and Economic Plan to Fight Coronavirus
- March 5, 2020, UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor Calls for National Policy on Paid Sick Time Amid Spread of Coronavirus
Resources for UNITE HERE Members/Recursos para los miembros de UNITE HERE/UNITE HERE 工會會員資源
- Contact your Affiliate or Local here.
- U.S. Unemployment
- U.S. Department of Labor updated rules on COVID-19 related unemployment
- Employment Insurance for Canadian members
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
For more information.
Llame antes de ir: Si usted tiene síntomas de COVID-19 y puede haber estado en contacto con una persona infectada con COVID-19, o si usted ha viajado recientemente a países donde hay contagio comunitario aparente, llame a su proveedor de servicios de salud antes de buscar atención médica a fin de que se puedan tomar las precauciones debidas.
- Testing for COVID-19: Coronavirus Self-Checker
- What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
- Stop the Germs guide — (English | Spanish | Chinese | Hindi)
- Prevent Getting Sick: How to Protect Yourself — (English | Spanish | Chinese)
- Prevent Getting Sick: Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home — (English | Spanish | Chinese)
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Staying Mentally Well
Recognizing the Need for Help
- Part One: Anxiety, Depression and Suicide — (English | Spanish | Chinese)
- Part Two: Domestic Violence — (English | Spanish | Chinese)
- UNITE HERE Basic Factsheets — (English | Spanish | Chinese)
- How to Wash Hands Posters — (English | Spanish | Chinese)
- How to Remove Gloves — (English | Spanish | Chinese)
- How to Put On and Take Off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (English/Spanish)
- Protecting Workers during a Pandemic
- Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Airport Retail and Food Worker Factsheet
- Airline Catering Kitchen Worker
- Airline Catering Truck Driver and Helper
OSHA Resources for Workers & Employers
- Key OSHA standards for COVID-19
- Las normas de OSHA clave para COVID-19 in upper right-hand corner of webpage, click ESPAÑOL.
- OSHA. COVID-19. Hazard Recognition
- OSHA. COVID-19. Reconocimiento de riesgos in upper right-hand corner of webpage, click ESPAÑOL.
- OSHA. COVID-19. Control and Prevention
- OSHA. COVID-19. Control y Prevención in upper right-hand corner of webpage, click ESPAÑOL.
- Concerned about health and safety on the job? Know Your Rights
- ¿Preocupados por la salud y seguridad en el trabajo? Conoce tus derechos in upper right-hand corner of webpage, click ESPAÑOL.
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Guía sobre la Preparación de los Lugares de Trabajo para el virus COVID-19
- Press of Atlantic City: Gov. Murphy orders indefinite shutdown of Atlantic City casinos to reduce spread of COVID-19
- Salon: The coronavirus pandemic is heightening the class divide in the Bay Area
- KTUU: Sheraton laying off 80+ employees, ending all food & beverage operations
- Yahoo Sports: No games, no money: Coronavirus threatens workers who depend on baseball
- Tucson Sentinel: Coronavirus: Ducey, Legislature must adopt 10 measures to keep working families safe
- Washington Post: All bets are off : Casinos grind to a halt over coronavirusa
- WHYY NPR: Lost income for some, 12-hour days for others: How coronavirus response affects workers
- WBUR NPR: Coronavirus Outbreak Underscores Gap Between Workers Who Have Paid Sick Leave And Those Who Don’t
- Baltimore Sun: ‘It’s terrifying’: Service workers fear for their jobs, health as coronavirus spreads
- Vice: Coronavirus Is Ripping Away Health Insurance for Hourly Workers
- Seattle Times: Lost wages, difficult spring for Seattle-area hospitality workers as coronavirus causes canceled events
- Yahoo Sports: League stoppages have arena workers on edge, wondering when their next paycheck will be
- LA Times: Column: If coronavirus sweeps America, blame our brutal work and healthcare culture
- New York Times: Starbucks’ Gathering-Spot Model Is Threatened by Coronavirus
- New Orleans Times-Picayune: From canceled events to sick days, coronavirus leaves New Orleans hospitality workers vulnerable
- WDET NPR Detroit: As Detroit Shuts Down Over Coronavirus, Service Workers Wonder What’s Next
- Washington Post: Companies are putting out hand sanitizer. But for years, many have campaigned against sick pay
- DCist: D.C. Workers And Businesses Are Bracing For ‘Devastating’ Impacts Of Coronavirus
- Boston Globe: Coronavirus Outbreak Underscores Gap Between Workers Who Have Paid Sick Leave And Those Who Don’t
- CNN: Vendors, ushers, other hourly workers pay the price for sports’ coronavirus shutdown
- Providence Journal: Anxious exposure: R.I. custodians are the unsung vanguard in coronavirus containment
- Las Vegas Review Journal: Culinary Union says it is monitoring COVID-19, asks casinos to meet
- Philadelphia Inquirer: At the Wells Fargo Center, closed by coronavirus, Comcast workers will still get paid. Others may not
- Miami Herald: How the coronavirus crisis is putting the pain on Miami’s hospitality workers
- Wall Street Journal: Starbucks Baristas Confront Coronavirus Pandemic
- Press Democrat: Sonoma County grapples with widening fallout from coronavirus pandemic
- Boston Globe: For workers in the time of coronavirus, a troubling choice: work sick, or lose pay?
- Eater: Chains Like McDonald’s Are Taking Baby Steps to Provide for Restaurant Employees Amid Coronavirus Pandemic