Check out this interview Unite Here Philly Local 274 member Marvin Spratley (interview starts at 22:30 minutes in):
The City of Philadelphia announced its COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. Please note that funding is limited. Not everyone who applies can be served.
The City will begin accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Applications are available through PHLRentAssist.org. Residents without internet access or a smart phone can get program and application information by calling 3-1-1.
To be eligible, renters must:
- Rent an apartment or house in Philadelphia
- Have a valid and current written lease signed by landlord
- Have lost income because of COVID-19
- Meet income guidelines
Renters do not have to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to be eligible.
Renters are NOT eligible if they live in public housing or receive other government rental assistance (Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers, etc.)
Philly stadium workers are included in this ESPN article: “‘Some people think this is like pocket change or work for folks in high school or college. It’s not,’ said Rosslyn Wuchinich, president of UNITE HERE Local 274, which represents 2,500 concession workers at 76ers, Flyers and Eagles games in Philadelphia. ‘These are people supporting families on this income. This crisis is a deep, deep financial crisis for low-wage workers.'”
Important safety information for our members who are still working as essential workers.
“Governor Tom Wolf announces today that Dr. Rachel Levine, under her authority as Secretary of the Department of Health to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease, signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses…” Read More…
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS as essential workers and refer to the following resource:20.04.17 Exposure Exec Order summary 2.pdf
“The union representing 7,600 Chicago hotel workers called on the industry Monday to continue paying laid-off members, saying the cutoff of paychecks is costing the city’s neighborhoods $5 million in lost earnings per week…”
HMS Host workers at the Orlando airport file OSHA complaint for unsafe working condition:
“Workers at many of Orlando International Airport’s restaurants say management kept them in the dark about what to do or how to protect themselves as coronavirus cases grew around them, infecting nearly a dozen TSA workers…”