For immediate release
April 13, 2020
In an April 12 letter to Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer & Leader McCarthy, UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor wrote:
“Congress established the Paycheck Protection Program in the CARES Act as a way to put workers back on payrolls and give small and medium -sized businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic a lifeline – not as a handout to real estate lenders and investors.
“But now the hotel industry wants to transform the Paycheck Protection Program into a Pay-Out to Bankers and Bondholders Program.”
Taylor urged the leaders to “hold true to the principles of the CARES Act and decline appeals from hospitality, real estate or bondholder organizations to bend the purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program to any other than that for which it was intended: putting Americans back on payrolls,” and stated, “[UNITE HERE hopes] millions of struggling hospitality workers can count on you to ensure that any changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, the CARES Act, or any subsequent emergency funding package, will require employers who receive emergency funding to keep workers on payroll with their pre-crisis health insurance and other benefits.”
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