As frontline workers in the hospitality, food service and transportation industries, nearly 5,500 UNITE HERE Local 8 members in Washington and Oregon and the families they support are among those most affected by the coronavirus. Thousands of union members are laid off in the face of decreased travel, cancelled meetings and hotel bookings, university closures, and suspended sporting events. While the affected industries and corporations will rebound, this will be catastrophic for workers facing a totally unexpected loss of their livelihoods.
To support workers in need, we are raising resources for a hardship fund.
UNITE HERE is mobilizing to support our members through this crisis. We are reaching out to employers to collaborate on relief efforts and are discussing extensions to paid sick leave and paid time off, additional health insurance coverage, and safety policies. We are lobbying at the city, state, and national levels for policies that will protect our members. We are working around the clock to support workers with unemployment claims and material assistance. But this will not be enough.
The money raised for this hardship fund will be used to support hospitality workers who have nowhere else to go. Our hardship fund is intended to help workers with critical bills such as rent, mortgage or utility payments. Your donation will help keep workers housed and feed their families when they need it the most.
Our union knows how to fight. And we know how to win. And we know when we can’t go it alone. Our members, who are majority women, immigrants, and people of color will need more support so that they can weather this storm.
Please DONATE today to help hospitality workers feed their families and pay their bills. Your contribution to the UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund will support our members’ needs in upcoming weeks and months.
Thank you for your generous support. We are in this together. Si se puede!
Your Local 8 Union family.
An important note: If you would like to avoid the fees that are due with your online donation and you prefer to send a check, please write it out to “UH Education and Support Fund.” Put Local 8 in the memo line. Mail it to UNITE HERE, ATTN: Finance Department, 275 7th Ave 16th floor, New York, NY 10001. Your contribution to the UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is tax deductible.