For immediate release
March 5, 2020
UNITE HERE is the hospitality workers’ union, representing hundreds of thousands of people working in hotels, casinos, theme parks, airports, restaurants, university campuses and a multitude of other public locations across the United States and Canada. We are closely monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 and are concerned for the safety and well-being of all workers.
We will be providing UNITE HERE members with information on COVID-19 and local contacts if they are concerned they are ill or believe they have come in contact with the virus. UNITE HERE is also formulating proposals for what steps should be taken if workers become sick or their workplaces are closed temporarily, including job security measures and paid time off. This is essential for the safety of both workers and the customers they serve.
To that end, we strongly believe that whatever monies Congress allocates towards virus response must take into account workers’ time and include paid sick leave. Not everyone can afford to take time off when they’re sick. That’s why there is no better moment to enact national policy on paid sick time. Our national leaders must act now to protect workers and the general public today and into the future.