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    New York’s potent 31,000-member hotel workers union endorsed Eric Adams for mayor on Tuesday. The announcement of support from the Hotel Trades Council comes at time many of its workers are unemployed amid the pandemic, allowing them more time to pitch in on the campaign. “I am thrilled to announce the Hotel Trades Council’s endorsement of Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City,” HTC president Rich Maroko said in a statement. “The city’s executive leadership over the next few years will be extremely consequential for all New Yorkers, especially hotel workers, who have been among the hardest-hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Many city hotels closed during the pandemic. Maroko said his members “are eager, trained, and ready to spend the next 16 weeks conducting extensive voter outreach” for Adams. Over 22,000 of the union’s members are registered to vote in the Big Apple. An...
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    New York : Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday the expanding eligibility to get the vaccine against COVID-19 for hotel workers, as part of the prioritization group 1B, since in many parts of the state these premises serve as quarantine areas so that people who test positive for the virus can isolate themselves from their families. And this, in turn, puts in risk of spread to staff working in the hotel industry. The state president also reported that in the past 24 hours, on Thursday, they had administered 179,038 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a new record for the state in a single day. Until this Friday they already added more than 4 million the total number of people who have received the two doses of immunization. “Nearly 180,000 vaccinations in a single day is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to ensure that eligible New Yorkers, especially those...
    New York’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has now been expanded to include hotel workers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. It will be up to local health departments to determine how, where and when to schedule the workers’ appointments, Cuomo added. “Hotels in many parts of the state serve as regular quarantine areas for COVID-positive persons to isolate from their families,” the governor’s office said in a statement. “In turn, the staff at these facilities are being exposed to COVID regularly. Given the overall increase to the State’s [vaccine] supply and the essential health care service that these hotel workers provide, the Governor is granting localities the flexibility to add hotel workers to the 1B vaccine prioritization group,” the statement said. The move comes after the hotel industry urged Cuomo to designate its staffers as crucial front-line workers so they can be vaccinated against the coronavirus. More than 400 members of the...
    They want to check in — for a vaccine. The hotel industry is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to designate its staffers as crucial front-line workers so they can be vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 400 members of the Hotel Trades Council died after getting infected with COVID-19, and union sources claim many employees contracted the killer virus on the job. Hotel workers are at risk because the facilities that remain open have been used to house recovering COVID-19 patients, people in quarantine and homeless individuals, the advocates argue. “Hotel workers are essential workers who have been working on the frontlines throughout this pandemic. They’ve been serving high-risk populations like quarantining travelers and COVID-exposed and other high-risk populations,” said Hotel Trades Council President Rich Maroko. “Over 400 of them have died and thousands more have been sickened, including dozens who have been sickened in just the past few...
    This is part three of a series exploring the effects of President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. MIDLAND, SD— “My husband just called me… he just got fired,” Laurie Cox said, her voice shaking slightly as she put on a brave smile. But it was impossible to ignore his now crestfallen demeanor. Cox owns a hotel in Midland, a picturesque town with a population of approximately 100 people. She had just finished talking about how the business was booming late last year, during which she had befriended people who worked on the Keystone XL pipeline. Workers were returning from their shifts from a handful of nearby pumping stations to relax at the hotel, as it was just a short drive away. Cox recalls having dinner with the workers and lively talks night after night, many of them became close to their pet dog, a cute canine named...
    CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia said on Thursday it had gone more than 48 hours since detecting the last locally acquired case of COVID-19, as Victoria state ended a lockdown letting thousands of tennis fans back in Melbourne Park for the last days of the Australian Open. Jack Barber, a 25-year-old student, was among 7,477 spectators in the stadium watching Japan's Naomi Osaka defeat the United States' Serena Williams to go through to the ladies final. "Yeah, it's awesome. I wasn't sure if they were going to put the event on. It's been really nice to be here. I actually kind of like the lower crowds," said Barber, with the Rod Laver Arena limited by social distancing restrictions to half its capacity. "It's kind of nice to be able to walk around and go wherever you want." Victoria lifted a five-day lockdown late on Wednesday, having ordered one after a spate...
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men are accused of pretending to be federal marshals and flashing phony credentials to get out of wearing face masks at a South Florida resort hotel. Both men — ages 53 and 81 — were wearing badges on their belts and laminated “face mask exempt” cards on lanyards around their neck. When asked by staff at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach to wear masks while in the resort’s public areas, they responded with threats to have individual employees or the entire staff arrested and to impose a $75,000 fine on the hotel, the South Florida SunSentinel reported. Both claimed to be U.S. marshals, though their badges read “Cherokee Nation Marshal.” The scheme collapsed on Thursday when employees became suspicious of their claims and called police. Officers arrived along with a real U.S. marshal, and the two men were arrested on charges of impersonating a...
    More than 2,100 casino workers at Atlantic City's Hard Rock Hotel got some good pandemic news on Tuesday.  Grateful for its workers' efforts despite new challenges from COVID-19, the company announced that its front-line team members will receive individual cash bonuses ranging from $250 to $1,000. Jim Allen, Hard Rock International's chairman and CEO, said Tuesday that the company is giving out bonuses to thank workers for providing good customer service. But they also are an acknowledgment of the extra challenge posed by the pandemic. “The dedication of our team members has been crucial to driving the success of our casino resorts, and we are proud that Hard Rock Atlantic City has been able to prevail during these challenging times," Allen said. “It is important not to forget the job they are doing during these difficult times,” Allen said. “These are clearly challenging times, and this is a way of showing our...
    The Chateau Marmont, a famed Hollywood hotel with a reputation for allowing celebrity guests to let their hair down, primarily promoted white people to the most coveted positions while workers of color were stuck in lower-paid, behind-the-scenes jobs, a lawsuit by a former employee alleges. Thomasina Gross, a Black woman who worked as a banquet server for 2½ years at the Sunset Boulevard hotel, alleges in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week that management passed her over for promotions, awarding the jobs instead to white people with less experience, and that management ignored her complaints about guests sexually harassing her. “I’ve been a victim of several forms of harassment, including inappropriate touching and being berated by guests, and when I told managers about this, I was met with disregard and inaction,” Gross told reporters Thursday. “I’ve seen myself and my co-workers of color being turned...
    Planned layoffs have jolted Bay Area hotels, tech companies, the Oakland Zoo, and a religious facility in a fresh round of job cutbacks that suggest the region’s employment market has yet to recover from coronavirus-linked ailments. The new round of official WARN and layoff notices reported to the state Employment Development Department cast a forbidding shadow on the Bay Area economy, especially after the mammoth job losses suffered by the nine-county region during 2020. For all of 2020, the Bay Area lost a staggering 360,800 jobs, a decline of 8.8% in the number of jobs in the region. During the same one-year period, Santa Clara County shed 79,400 jobs or a 6.9% drop; the East Bay lost 113,900 jobs, a 9.6% decline; the San Francisco-San Mateo region lost 118,100 jobs, a 9.9% drop, this news organization’s analysis of the EDD figures shows. In the most recent layoffs: — McAfee, a...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s unemployment rate edged up nearly 1 percentage point last month as the state shed more than 52,000 jobs led by the pandemic-hobbled restaurant and lodging industries. The Employment Development Department reported Friday that the jobless rate stands at 9% for December, the state’s first monthly rate increase since April. The leisure and hospitality sector took the biggest hit. California had gained 5,200 jobs in November before giving back 10 times that number last month. It has recouped 44% of the 2.6 million nonfarm jobs lost at the start of the pandemic in March and April compared with 55.6% nationwide. © Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    The union representing more than 7,000 hotel employees in the D.C. area is calling on hoteliers to shut their doors temporarily unless they are hosting law enforcement or security personnel — the latest in a series of efforts to keep residents safe as right-wing groups threaten armed protests in the city leading up to Inauguration Day Jan. 20. D.C. officials said Wednesday they likely will not move to shut down the city’s hotels ahead of the inauguration — but some could choose to close anyway, as fears about more violence persist. United HERE Local 25, which represents 7,200 hospitality workers in Greater Washington, issued a statement Wednesday calling on hotels to close immediately, with the exception of those hosting security personnel. The union also asked the management of the hotels to allow staff members to opt out of reporting to work or to leave at anytime if they...
    The steep toll of the resurgent pandemic on workers in the hotel and restaurant sector came into view Tuesday in a government report detailing layoffs in November. Earlier reports, such as jobless claims numbers and the nonfarm payroll figures released on the first Friday of each month, had shown that layoffs were on the rise and hiring had softened. But those broad figures concealed just how deep the cuts were for hotel and restaurants workers. Layoffs soared from just 130,000 in October to 393,000 in November, according to the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey released Tusday. To put that into historical context, if not for the record-breaking numbers hit in March and April, November would have been the worst month recorded in government data going back to December 2000. On average over the first twenty years of this century, around 212,000 workers lost their jobs as restaurants or hotels...
    A tech firm, hotels, restaurants, and a big retailer are among the latest companies to detail their layoff plans to state officials, a grim reminder that economic woes during the coronavirus recession have yet to run their course. The latest round of planned and upcoming job cuts in and near the Bay Area indicate that the region’s workers must brace for fresh bouts of unemployment, a tough blow that arrives on the heels of 10 months of coronavirus-linked business shutdowns. Among the layoff plans disclosed to the state Employment Development Department: — Analog Devices, a semiconductor company, will eliminate 255 jobs in Milpitas. — Lucky Chances Casino laid off 489 workers in Colma. — California Grand Casino disclosed a decision to lay off 181 workers in the East Bay city of Pacheco. — Ventana Big Sur, a famed hotel and resort, 115 jobs in Big Sur. — Carmel Valley Ranch,...
    CHELSEA will open up the Stamford Bridge hotel for free for NHS workers - just as they did at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Roman Abramovich is going to cover the cost of rooms for staff to stay when working shifts at nearby hospitals or simply in need of somewhere to stay after the country went into its third national lockdown. 2The hotel across the road from Stamford Bridge is being opened up by Chelsea to accommodate NHS staff for freeCredit: PA:Press Association The gesture also sees key workers having their breakfast provided at the Copthorne Hotel, opposite the West London ground. Chelsea said: "Many of the medical staff will be working long hours and may not be able to travel home or would have to make long commutes at a time when the virus is so transmissible. "The rooms will be initially available until the next...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They’re called Paycheck Protection Program loans or PPP and they’re designed to allow businesses to stay open and keep paying their employees. So why did Pittsburgh’s most historic hotel secure a $3.5 million loan while its employees haven’t worked a day since March? Now the union representing those employees, UNITE HERE, is calling on the United States’ Small Business Administration (SBA) to hold the hotel accountable for the loan it received. KDKA Investigator Meghan Schiller talked to two furloughed workers who want to know if they’ll ever see any of the money. “Our employer doesn’t care about us, so if we don’t come out and voice our opinions about it, we’re not going to be heard.” Zebedee Williams wants to talk, and he’s got the time. He hasn’t worked since March. “I was the overnight banquet houseman. I was responsible for setting up conventions, meetings, weddings...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Hospitals in Los Angeles County were at a crisis point Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to surge, with patients at a Whittier emergency room forced to wait outside on gurneys for nearly an hour just to get into the hospital. And the scene was the same across the Southland with ambulances lined up outside every major hospital Sky9 flew over as the region’s available intensive care unit capacity fell to zero. “I worked at the County when the Rodney King riots happened,” Michael Rivera, a respiratory therapist at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, said. “And this dwarfs that.” Rivera said that’s why he and other members of several unions — representing nurses, teachers, grocery and hotel workers — have urged Los Angeles County leaders to order another total shutdown for at least a month. “We know the impact it has on people’s lives and businesses,”...
    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was supposed to keep small businesses from laying off workers during the coronavirus pandemic. (Disclosure: Kos Media received a Paycheck Protection Program loan.) It hasn’t always worked out that way. Trump and Kushner businesses got loans, as did predatory payday lenders, but many of the businesses that needed the loans most were left out.  UNITE HERE, the union representing hospitality workers, has set its sights on a major hotel chain that got tens of millions of dollars in PPP loans but laid off the workers at many of its hotels. In a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the union calls on the SBA to “closely scrutinize” the hotels and the lending banks. Omni hotel affiliates got a whopping $76 million across 32 PPP loans, according to UNITE HERE. But in the cases for which the union has “direct knowledge,” five hotels got nearly $15 million in loans. Despite that, “Three of them—Omni Providence,...
    Staffers at a Yosemite National Park hotel have revealed that they feared for their safety after hundreds of maskless guests dined indoors at a $103-per-person touchless buffet for Thanksgiving.  Despite the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issuing guidance for holiday travel and gatherings, the buffet took place anyway at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Hotel employees told SFGate that the buffet was fully booked all week and hundreds of guests showed up for the dinner's multiple indoor seatings between 2-8pm.  The meal cost $103 per adult and $52 per child between the ages of 6 and 12.  Employees said that face coverings were required but there was no real enforcement and many guests went without them.  Staffers at a Yosemite National Park hotel have revealed that they feared for their safety after hundreds of maskless guests dined indoors at a $103 per person touchless buffet for Thanksgiving Despite the...
    In a move that reflects the desperation of teachers, nurses, healthcare, grocery and hotel employees, their influential unions are calling for a strict month-long Los Angeles County shutdown in January to control the raging COVID-19 pandemic, save lives and ultimately allow for a quicker reopening of schools and the economy. Evidence of mounting frustration and anxiety has also emerged in newly released surveys of teachers and parents as most campuses across L.A. County remain closed to in-person classes. The union coalition called for what it described as a “circuit breaker” in a letter Wednesday night to the county Board of Supervisors and in an online petition. The letter demands stricter health orders, stronger enforcement and an infusion of aid from the state and federal government to keep workers and their employers afloat. Federal officials appear likely to approve an aid package, but there’s deep debate about whether it...
    Marriott plans to permanently lay off more than 800 workers at its Times Square hotel as the coronavirus crisis keeps New York City’s hospitality industry in a chokehold. The 852 workers at the New York Marriott Marquis will be axed for good on March 12 — almost exactly a year after they were put on temporary layoff as the pandemic bore down on the Big Apple, the hotel giant said in a notice filed with the state Department of Labor. “These are actions we never thought would become necessary at our location,” the hotel’s general manager told the laid-off staffers in a Dec. 9 letter, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The unprecedented severity of the COVID-19 crisis, however, has forced the location to make these difficult decisions.” The Times Square Marriott initially furloughed 1,265 employees this past March as the state shut non-essential businesses and the city emptied...
    The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the hospitality industry, with the fallout still growing. This week the Philadelphia City Council took steps to protect workers when the economic recovery begins, unanimously passing legislation to give laid-off hospitality workers the right to be rehired when jobs start coming back.  The bill could eventually help 12,000 Philadelphia hotel housekeepers, stadium attendants, airport food workers, and more. The Black Workers Matter Economic Recovery Package requires employers to offer laid-off workers jobs in order of seniority within their departments, with protection for cases where a contractor at a larger venue changes or a hotel changes ownership. ”This legislation protects our industry’s workers from any unscrupulous employers who might dare to use this pandemic to further their financial interests … at the expense of long-term employees who are overwhelmingly Black and are overwhelmingly female,” said UNITE HERE Local 273 President Rosslyn Wuchinich. That’s a blow workers at Boston’s Revere Hotel are feeling...
    The American Physical Society’s decision to cancel its March meeting in Denver was the first demonstration of how COVID-19 would upend life in the months to follow. It was also a blaring alarm for Colorado’s hotels. The meeting was expected to bring 11,000 people to the Colorado Convention Center for five days and funnel business to downtown Denver hotels, restaurants and retailers. The cancellation was the first in a wave of conventions, special events, and group meetings that have been postponed, moved to other states with looser rules or shut down entirely by government health orders. The disappearance of those bookings has combined with other factors — companies scaling back business travel, a struggling economy cutting into household budgets, people following public health officials’ advice to stay home — to have a disastrous impact on Colorado’s previously thriving hotel industry, especially for full-service hotels that cater to convention business. “We’re...
    A hotel in Japan has transformed its sleeping pods into workspaces in an effort to boost business after witnessing a fall in the number of overnight stays amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Anshin Oyado hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo, has renovated an entire floor in its hotel  to allow office staff to work from the confines of its building as the country continues to deal with the challenges brought on by the coronavirus crisis.  The capsule living quarters are now equipped with high speed internet, computer devices and web conferencing services. The rooms also offer guests an LCD TV, headphones, a desk and plugs. The Anshin Oyado hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, has transformed its capsule room to allow office workers to work from their hotel The capsule rooms offer staff with high speed internet and web conferencing services as well as a desk and TV  The rooms are...
    Rep. Katie Porter Back in October, a group of Democratic House members wrote to the Small Business Administration asking for an investigation how an owner of dozens of hotels had spent Paycheck Protection Program funding while laying off many of the workers whose paychecks the program was supposed to protect. Now, the signs are good that President-elect Joe Biden is going to take exactly that kind of oversight seriously.  (Disclosure: Kos Media received a Paycheck Protection Program loan.) A recent report from Bloomberg Law notes that, back in April, as the Trump Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was saying it would do basically nothing to enforce the provisions of the CARES Act, former CFPB head Richard Cordray called for tougher enforcement—and Cordray is reportedly under consideration to lead the CFPB again. Cordray’s former deputy director, who should have succeeded him as acting director, is heading up the Biden transition efforts on the CFPB. That all means that...
    New York City hotel owners have been ordered to pay $500 million to employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — making the payout the largest of its kind, according to a report. Tens of thousands of employees in the industry are set to benefit from an arbitrator’s September ruling, which forces roughly 75 hotel owners to cough up severance and health care benefits for their workers, sources told the Wall Street Journal. The payout is the largest between hotels and workers in the Big Apple’s history, and it is likely to be the largest of its kind nationwide, once severance numbers are finalized, the report said. “Continuing health care in the context of a pandemic is a critical thing,” Hotel Trades Council union president Rich Maroko told the outlet. “These severance payments are a necessity for our hotel workers after the federal supplements ended last summer.”...
    New York City hotel owners have been ordered to pay $500 million to employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — making the payout the largest pay of its kind, according to a report. Tens of thousands of employees in the industry are set to benefit from an arbitrator’s September ruling, which forces roughly 75 hotel owners to cough up severance and health care benefits to their workers, sources told the Wall Street Journal. The payout is the largest between hotels and workers in the Big Apple’s history, and it is likely to be the largest of its kind nationwide, once severance numbers are finalized, the report said. “Continuing health care in the context of a pandemic is a critical thing,” Hotel Trades Council union President Rich Maroko told the outlet. “These severance payments are a necessity for our hotel workers after the federal supplements ended last summer.”...
    Hotel tenure rates have plummeted since the trip hit the motel. At the same time, Govt’s restrictions see more people than ever before leaving the office to work from home. According to Marriott, lemons have become an opportunity to turn lemons into juice, and the world’s largest hotel group now offers Labor Friendly Day Pass in many of its key attributes. It provides access to a room – in some cases – from 6am to 6pm, with free access to WiFi and (where available) business facilities such as printing, faxing and scanning. Need some idle time? Attack a hotel pool or fitness center. Marriott Ponway members can earn points at their daytime shelter (at a rate of 5-10 points per US dollar) and receive a “compliment assortment of snacks”. If you want to have a Ponytail Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite or Messenger Elite card in your wallet, this will also...
    New York (CNN Business)The hotel industry is crumbling -- and Uncle Sam may not be coming to the rescue. More than 2 million hospitality jobs have already disappeared during the pandemic. Within the next six months, a stunning 38,000 US hotels could be forced to close, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. "If we don't get a vaccine soon and business doesn't return, it's going to get much worse," Best Western CEO David Kong, the industry's longest-serving CEO, told CNN Business. There is so much pain and suffering, but theyre numb to it because the stock market is doing well and unemployment is below 9%." Best Western CEO David KongKong, who in March met with President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss federal aid, expressed deep frustration with the leaders of Congress for failing to reach a bipartisan agreement on another round of fiscal stimulus....
    CALISTOGA, Calif. (KGO) -- There was outreach and support in the Napa Valley Sunday for those impacted by the Glass Fire.Hundreds benefited from a food giveaway, and we're still hearing amazing stories of survival and property protection when the massive fire was on the move.RELATED: Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula delivers over 120K free meals to Bay Area residentsLarge food boxes were going fast outside the Solage Hotel in Calistoga for a drive-through giveaway.More than 300 employees of the Auberge hotel chain got one, all of them impacted by the Glass Fire during weeks of evacuations and power outages."We did a food drive with our partners, it speaks to how Calistoga can rise to meet the need of the community," said Solage General Manager Todd Cilano.Daniel Jaquez worked at the hotel chain's neighboring property, Calistoga Ranch; it was destroyed by the fire. Only a few walls and some...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have provided sweeping new labor protections for workers laid off during the pandemic by requiring hotel, airport and janitorial employers to rehire based on seniority. Assembly Bill 3216 by Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) called for employers in those industries to first rehire workers they laid off during a state of emergency, including in cases in which a new owner takes over a business. The protections pushed by labor groups targeted businesses, including event centers and building maintenance, that have let go a third of their workforce as a result of COVID-19. Newsom said the bill was too prescriptive and threatened to hurt the already devastated hospitality industry. “I recognize the real problem this bill is trying to fix — to ensure that workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic have certainty about their...
    Photo via Adobe ImagesNearly 40 percent of hotel workers in Florida have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, and industry lobbyists warn that could reach 70 percent this winter without further assistance from Congress. State and national hotel industry representatives said in a conference call Tuesday that a second round of federal assistance is needed, even if it’s just freeing up unused money from what are known as the Paycheck Protection Program and the Main Street Lending Program. Lisa Lombardo, chief people and culture officer for Ocala-based HDG Hotels, said money hotels received through the Paycheck Protection Program to keep workers employed for two months has run out and they are “banking on” additional relief, as the state’s vital tourism industry could take three to five years to recover. “We played by the original rules and deadlines,” Lombardo said in a call with hotel lobbyists from Florida, Illinois,...
    Mayor de Blasio signed three bills Monday to protect hotel workers, small business owners and sick employees from the coronavirus pandemic and economic ramifications. “It’s a matter of justice in making sure that hardworking people could actually lead a decent life,” de Blasio said at the event that was live-streamed from City Hall. The first bill guarantees the jobs and current pay of hotel workers for 90 days after the property is sold to a new owner. After that period workers must be retained if they receive positive written evaluations. The second bill shields small business owners from personal liability if they cannot pay their commercial rent due to COVID-19, such as barber shops and gyms that were forced to close under the governor’s executive order or restaurants that had to limit service. The legislation bars landlords from going after the owners’ personal assets. NYC Mayor’s Office The last piece...
    Mayor de Blasio signed three bills Monday to protect hotel workers, small business owners and sick employees from the coronavirus pandemic and economic ramifications. “It’s a matter of justice in making sure that hardworking people could actually lead a decent life,” de Blasio said at the event that was live-streamed from City Hall. The first bill guarantees the jobs and current pay of hotel workers for 90 days after the property is sold to a new owner. After that period workers must be retained if they receive positive written evaluations. The second bill shields small business owners from personal liability if they cannot pay their commercial rent due to COVID-19, such as barber shops and gyms that were forced to close under the governor’s executive order or restaurants that had to limit service. The legislation bars landlords from going after the owners’ personal assets. NYC Mayor's Office The last piece...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign several bills into law Monday, including many related to the coronavirus pandemic. One extends protections for businesses that have trouble paying their rent, preventing landlords from going after owners’ personal assets. Another protects hotel workers if the hotel property is sold, requiring that they remain employed for at least 90 days. A third aligns the city’s paid sick leave law with the state law, mandating 40 hours of sick leave for employees of small businesses, 56 for large companies. At very small companies with lower revenues, the sick leave is not paid. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful...
    Bleary-eyed and snack-deprived, I stumbled toward Terminal A at John Wayne Airport at 5:30 in the morning. It was a ritual I practiced at least once a month before the coronavirus, my runway of choice to seek stories across the country. This time, the final destination was closer: the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. A group of laid-off airport and hotel employees were going to hold a rally at John Wayne, then visit the legendary Sunset Strip hotel where John Belushi died to meet their unemployed peers. Afterward, some planned to caravan to Sacramento and demand a meeting with Gov. Gavin Newsom. Carlos Barrera, who has worked in valet parking for 40 years at the Chateau Marmont, writes a message on the window of his car in support of employees who lost their jobs at the hotel.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) They were upset he has yet...
    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Marriott International Inc. plans to lay off 17% of its corporate workforce next month as the coronavirus continues to take a heavy toll on the hotel industry. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company confirmed Wednesday that it will lay off 673 workers late next month. Marriott has around 4,000 employees at its corporate headquarters. Marriott furloughed two-thirds of its corporate staff in March as hotel demand plummeted. Some of those workers are coming back to work later this month, the company said. Marriott’s revenue plunged 72% to $1.5 billion in the April-June period as global hotel occupancy sank. Marriott says some business travel has resumed in China, and leisure travel has gained strength in the U.S., but it doesn’t know when demand will return to 2019 levels. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    Marriott plans to lay off 17 percent of its corporate workforce next month as the coronavirus continues to take a heavy toll on the hotel industry. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company confirmed Wednesday that it will lay off 673 workers late next month. Marriott has around 4,000 employees at its corporate headquarters. Marriott furloughed two-thirds of its corporate staff in March as hotel demand plummeted. Some of those workers are coming back to work later this month, the company said. Marriott’s revenue plunged 72 percent to $1.5 billion in the April-June period as global hotel occupancy sank. Marriott says some business travel has resumed in China, and leisure travel has gained strength in the US, but it doesn’t know when demand will return to 2019 levels.
    By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Business Writer Marriott International Inc. plans to lay off 17% of its corporate workforce next month as the coronavirus continues to take a heavy toll on the hotel industry. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company confirmed Wednesday that it will lay off 673 workers late next month. Marriott has around 4,000 employees at its corporate headquarters. Marriott furloughed two-thirds of its corporate staff in March as hotel demand plummeted. Some of those workers are coming back to work later this month, the company said. Marriott’s revenue plunged 72% to $1.5 billion in the April-June period as global hotel occupancy sank. Marriott says some business travel has resumed in China, and leisure travel has gained strength in the U.S., but it doesn’t know when demand will return to 2019 levels. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Maryland,...
    Hotel and casino giant MGM Resorts on Friday said 18,000 furloughed employees in the United States would be permanently laid off as the hospitality industry struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Federal law requires companies to provide a date of separation for furloughed employees who are not recalled within six months," CEO Bill Hornbuckle said in a letter seen by AFP. "Regrettably, August 31, marks the date of separation for thousands of MGM Resorts employees whom we have not yet been able to bring back." The US has seen tens of millions of layoffs since Covid-19 broke out, with the wave peaking in late March but nonetheless still potent. In the week of August 22, the latest reported by the Labor Department, around one million people made new claims for unemployment benefits. Bars, restaurants and hotels have been among the businesses hardest-hit by orders to close down to stop the diseases...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – With the city’s bustle all but gone, hotel guests are missing too. It’s evident by the recent layoffs of 51 workers at the Crown Plaza Northstar Downtown hotel. “I think it’s hitting all parts of the industry,” said Wade Luneburg, Luneberg is political director for Unite Here Local 17. Of his union’s 8,000 working members in the hospitality industry, 85 to 90 percent of them are unemployed. “Some hotels have been closed for a period of time totally. Some are taking care of housing insecure folks, otherwise we’re seeing occupancy rates of anywhere from five, ten, to fifteen percent,” he said. Without bookings, hotel cleaners, cooks, and clerks aren’t needed. And while the pandemic’s still here, many of those are seeing their unemployment support gone. “We’re assuming there will be housing insecurity just around the corner, also food insecurity,” Luneburg explained. According to state unemployment data, after peaking in...
    The harsh crisis suffered by the hotel industry in one of the most touristic cities in the country is causing serious operational and financial problems for many hotels, which is why Miami Dade College is offering programs that help alleviate this situation. These are training and preparedness plans for hotel employees and managers who have suffered the rigors of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. In order to qualify for this program, individuals must be hotel workers who have been or have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. They also offer plans geared toward hotels preparing for reopening. Providing training for those who run the hotel as well as for the workers in how to prepare the hotel, do the cleaning that is needed in order to be with the highest security methods. Employees who have lost their jobs due to cuts and new policies may...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Family and co-workers are heartbroken over the loss of German Amaya. “German and I were good friends. He’s going to be missed. I’m going to miss him so much,” Rick Sanchez said. His friend and former co-worker, Sanchez, spoke to CBS4’s Ty Russell outside a funeral home Saturday. Amaya died Friday at Mercy Hospital after being in a coma for a month. Members of his hospitality workers union say he unable to beat the coronavirus. “German was a phenomenal leader in our union. Always so generous with his time standing up for his co-workers,” said Wendi Walsh, a leader with UNITE HERE Local 355. Amaya was a Banquet Houseman at luxury hotel Fontainebleau Miami Beach for 11 years. But during the shutdown that forced hotels to close, he was then laid off. The union says Amaya and many others in the hospitality industry also lost health care...
    The death of a person who was fired from the famous Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, set off the alarms of the rest of the workers who were also fired, because apparently they were left without medical protection after the company allegedly violated a contract. “A serious man, a father, a fighter,” is how some people described a deceased friend, after the company he worked for not only fired him, but allegedly left him in his long agony. Inevitable words of comfort can be found in the expression of Ricky Sánchez, Germán Amaya’s former co-worker. “The company did not pay for the medical plan because he was not working, but our contract says otherwise.” “When they took away his medical insurance coverage, they also took away his death coverage, which would be $ 10,000 that would be given to the family to pay for the funeral,” explains María José...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — In a letter released late Wednesday night, UNITE HERE Local 11, Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles, the ACLU of Southern California and others demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. A number of local groups, including the ACLU of Southern California, Black Lives Matter – Los Angeles and UNITE HERE Local 11 are calling on L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images) “For decades, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been rife with corruption, abuse of power, and impunity,” the letter starts. “When you took office, many hoped you would work to repair the wreckage that your predecessors, including now-imprisoned former Sheriff Lee Baca, left behind.” Instead, the groups allege, the sheriff “utterly failed to fulfill your campaign promises to reform the department,” and has made matters worse by ” undermining basic mechanisms of accountability.” The...
    A plan to convert the historic Chateau Marmont — a haunt for movie stars, rock legends, moguls and models — into a private club is being met with opposition from the Hollywood community and campaigners who are branding it “a cynical ruse” and a “bogus club.” Hotelier André Balazs said he hopes to convert the hotel on Sunset Boulevard to a members-only club by the end of the year. The splashy Wall Street Journal announcement came after Balazs laid off nearly all the hotel employees without insurance or benefits during the pandemic. The former employees have staged protests outside the hotel. An insider told Page Six, “André wanted to sell the Chateau, but couldn’t find a buyer in the pandemic. His new plan to turn it into a members-only club is facing a lot of opposition from the Hollywood community, the former staff and the city, which may block...
    West Hollywood, Calif., community leaders are warning Chateau Marmont not to “retaliate” against laid-off staff who protest because the famed hotel hasn’t provided them with health care during the pandemic. We’re told that on Thursday, 300 community members — including 32 clergy members and candidates for West Hollywood city council — sent a letter to the hot spot’s owner, André Balazs, reading in part, “We are outraged that Chateau Marmont is not providing ongoing affordable health insurance coverage to workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.” They add, “We are watching the hotel’s conduct and will not tolerate any attempt to retaliate against workers who are speaking out about their treatment at the Chateau Marmont.” Nearly all of the legendary hotel’s 242 employees were let go in March without insurance or severance after the lockdown began. In May, Balazs donated $100,000 to a GoFundMe that raised $300,000. He split that money...
    This week searchers could reach the remains of one of two construction workers whose corpses are stuck in the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans. On October 12 the 18-story building collapsed, trapping two workers’ bodies in the pancaked upper floors of the building. The building’s devastating collapse killed three people and injured many others. The body of Anthony Magrette was recovered from the building following the accident but the bodies of two workers, 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola and 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly remain in the structure.  This week searchers could reach the remains of one of two construction workers whose corpses are stuck in the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans. An aerial view of the partially collapsed hotel on October 12, 2019 above  The bodies of two workers, 63-year-old Jose Ponce Arreola (left) and Quinnyon Wimberly (right), 36, are still...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Across the country, tens of thousands of janitors, building service workers, fast food workers, and nursing home workers, among others, took to the streets to demand that corporations and government take action to confront systemic racism in society, economy, and workplaces against Black and brown communities. In New York City, organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), essential workers assembled across the street from the Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in Manhattan to make their demands, which included four-foot-high placards that read “Our Lives are Essential,” and masks which read “121” — the number of days since New York began its shelter-in-place order amid the coronavirus pandemic. There, numerous speakers demanded that business owners and executives “rewrite the rules and reimagine our economy and democracy so that Black communities...
    The Oakland City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday that guarantees laid off hotel and airport workers priority should their former employers start hiring again. “This will ensure that those who have dedicated their lives to these companies will get first offer,” said councilmember Sheng Thao, who introduced the ordinance. Regulated hotel and travel industries will be required to rehire laid off employees by seniority once they are ready to start hiring back. The legislation will affect more than 10,000 Oakland workers, according to a press release from Thao’s administration. “These are not 10,000 workers,” said Safi Gami, a former Oakland Marriott employee. “They’re 10,000 families.” Oakland is the latest city in California to pass a “right to recall” ordinance, following San Francisco and Los Angeles. A number of labor organizations are now pushing for statewide legislation. Thao, as well as residents and advocates at Tuesday’s meeting, pointed to the...
    The pace of planned job cuts in the Bay Area remains well below the coronavirus-linked peaks of April, but are still greatly elevated from the normal pace of layoffs from early in 2020, an analysis of official notices posted by the state’s labor department shows. The Tech Museum in downtown San Jose, Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto, Parc 55 hotel in San Francisco, Crowne Plaza Concord/Walnut Creek hotel in Concord, and Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa in the Wine Country are among the notable staffing reductions detailed in WARN notices posted in July by the state Employment Development Department. Ominously, at least a few employers that had previously instituted temporary furloughs or layoffs have now begun to undertake permanent layoffs, according to this news organization’s analysis of the WARN notices posted this month and in prior months during 2020. Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa in Napa notified...
    Cities where COVID-19 is growing fastest Saudi Arabia to hold very limited hajj due to virus Remote workers around the world are renting hotel rooms from 9 to 5 While the hotel industry is down about 80% on average from a year ago, bookings for the extended-stay market had a surprising growth spurt at the end of May and in early June.  © Courtesy of The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills A converted office suite at The London West Hollywood. Courtesy of The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills A key reason: From big chains to independently-owned hotels, many have resorted to creative ways to bump their revenue streams — by renting out rooms to business workers during the day.  Load Error Hotels are renting rooms to business people instead of touristsAs the lockdown intensified and offices remained closed, many remote workers discovered that it would be...
    About 150 seasonal workers slated to work at a salmon cannery in Alaska have been forced into quarantine at a hotel near Los Angeles without pay after three tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a lawsuit. The workers, most who come from Southern California and Mexico, were hired June 2 to work at the Red Salmon Cannery in Naknek, Alaska through August, according to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the Los Angeles Times reported. The lawsuit alleges false imprisonment, failure to pay wages and overtime, negligence and unlawful business practices. CALIFORNIA ORDER REQUIRES MASKS IN PUBLIC FOLLOWING SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZATIONS A lawsuit filed against a Seattle-based seafood processor alleges 150 temporary workers have been forced to quarantine inside the Crowne Plaza LAX hotel with no pay after three of them tested positive for the coronavirus. (Google Maps) “There are certainly many, many horrible stories in the history...
    About 150 seasonal employees hired to work at a salmon cannery in Alaska are instead being forced to quarantine without pay at a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport after three of them tested positive for the coronavirus, a lawsuit claims. The workers, most of them from Mexico and Southern California, were hired June 2 by North Pacific Seafoods to work at its Red Salmon Cannery in Naknek, Alaska, through August, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court. Instead, they’ve been stuck at the Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel since June 10, attorney Jonathan Davis said Saturday. “Tomorrow is Father’s Day,” Davis said. “I have two young sons, and I’d be sick to my stomach if I knew one of my children was being held in this type of situation.” Advertisement Leauri Moore, vice president of human resources for North Pacific Seafoods, said in an email that...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 150 seasonal workers hired by a salmon cannery in Alaska are being forced to quarantine without pay at a hotel in Los Angeles after three of them tested positive for the coronavirus, a lawsuit claims. The workers, most of them from Mexico and Southern California, were hired June 2 by North Pacific Seafoods to work at its Red Salmon Cannery in Naknek, Alaska, through August, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, the Los Angeles Times reported. Instead, they have been stuck at the Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel since June 10, attorney Jonathan Davis said. Leauri Moore, vice president of human resources for North Pacific Seafoods, told the newspaper in an email that she had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment. Moore said authorities in Alaska have issued orders requiring a 14-day controlled quarantine and coronavirus testing in order...
    Laid-off workers from the Chateau Marmont and other LA hotels held a “car caravan” Wednesday in front of the famed hotel to bring attention to their need for health insurance. Nearly all of the legendary hotel’s 242 employees were let go in March without insurance or severance after the lockdown began. “We were terminated during a pandemic and then our health care [benefits were] taken away,” Mike Racanelli, who worked as a bellman at the hotel for five years, told Page Six. “We were left high and dry.” Martha Moran — who worked there as a maid for 33 years and suffers from diabetes — told us, “I don’t know what I would do if I got sick.” On Tuesday, LA councilmember David Ryu sent a letter to Chateau owner André Balazs offering to work with him to find ways to offer “basic protections” for workers and to guarantee...
    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Hotel workers in Maui held a demonstration over the weekend calling on Hawaii legislators and tourism industry officials to reopen the state to visitors while protecting employees. About 200 union members and supporters in 70 vehicles rode through Lahaina and Kaanapali during the event Saturday, The Maui News reported. Participants expressed concerns about health care coverage, adequate testing for COVID-19 and the availability of personal protective equipment. The caravan was organized by the Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers union. Workers demonstrated to express their belief the state’s vital tourism industry can reopen safely, Local 5 Key Leader Erin Kelley said. “Global travelers are looking to Hawaii as one of the safest places to travel, and we feel Hawaii should not waste this opportunity by not opening safely,” Kelley said. Tourism statewide plummeted following the March 26 start of a mandatory, 14-day self-quarantine for incoming travelers....
    A boutique hotel project being built blocks from Google’s headquarters in Mountain View has been shut down since early June after 10 construction workers tested positive for coronavirus. The five-story Shashi Hotel project on the 1600 block of N. Shoreline Blvd. is the largest construction site in Santa Clara County to be shut down by public health and city officials. Santa Clara County public health officials announced Friday that 13 construction sites had at least one worker testing positive for the virus. The Mountain View project had the widest exposure, with 10 workers testing positive and at least 30 potentially exposed, according to the health department. Two sites in San Jose and one in Milpitas also had multiple workers test positive. Public health officials said developers have voluntarily reported the infections and closed work sites. The state eased coronavirus restrictions on construction projects in early May, allowing workers to return...
    BOSTON (AP) - One of Boston’s most luxurious hotels has let go about half its staff even though hotels in Massachusetts are now allowed to reopen under phase 2 of Gov. Charlie Baker’s coronavirus economic recovery plan. The nearly 200 workers laid off by the Four Seasons were told they would be able to reapply for their jobs, but some tell The Boston Globe they received less than half the severance they were entitled to. The hotel, located on Boylston Street and overlooking the Public Garden, furloughed employees after closing March 24, then conducted the layoffs last month. It is currently taking reservations starting June 23. TOP STORIES Seattles autonomous zone is Mad Max movie mayhem come alive Tom Arnold: Liberals should borrow our dads hunting rifles and confront Trumps misfit tools A sorry bunch: How some public figures get their apologies all wrong The state’s hotels were allowed...
    HONOLULU (AP) - The union representing workers at many of Hawaii’s hotels have held a demonstration demanding that public safety and the needs of Hawaii’s workers are placed at the forefront of plans to reopen the state’s tourism industry. Unite Here Local 5 union members took part in a caravan of about 100 carloads of people in Waikiki Wednesday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. About 9,500 of the 12,000 hospitality, health care and food service workers represented by Local 5 have become unemployed since the state’s tourism industry collapsed following restrictions placed on travel and business to fight the spread of the coronavirus. TOP STORIES GOP plan would block pay for lawmakers who voted via proxy during coronavirus pandemic Joe Bidens racism a Democratic Party tradition I can breathe - thanks to the NYPD shirts flood pro-police NYC rally The protesting hotel workers said they do not want the state...
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