Penn Live Patriot News: Gov Wolf Signs Emergency School Bill

Attention Local 634 members:

“The 2019-20 school year is now officially permitted to be shorter than the state mandated 180 instructional days, a move necessitated by Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 13 order to close K-12 schools due to the coronavirus outbreak…”

Read More…

When We Fight We Win!

Today’s passage of the government stimulus has major effects on all of us. Read Local 274’s detailed summary of what it means by clicking this link and look out for more updates in the coming days.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Congress: Protect Workers’ Health

Millions of laid off Americans will start losing their company health insurance at the end of March.

During this health care crisis, companies getting emergency taxpayer money should be required to keep their laid off taxpayers covered. Please take action to protect millions of laid off Americans now!

Ready to call? Enter your information here and you’ll immediately receive a call to connect you to your U.S. Representative.

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus Layoffs in the Philly region are hitting hotel, restaurant, and nonprofit workers hard: “It’s Total Annihilation”

“Big employers in the Philadelphia region have announced more than 15 times as many layoffs so far this month than in all of March last year, a microcosm of the massive job losses that the coronavirus pandemic has visited upon the state and the nation…”

Read More…

Members of City Council Stand with Stadium Workers!

Members of the Philadelphia City Council stand with stadium workers, calling on Aramark and Philly sports team ownership to do the right thing by laid off workers!

Please read the open letters from Members of City Council to Aramark and the sports teams’ ownership:

Letter-re-stadium-employees-Franchises-1-revised Letter-re-stadium-employees-Aramark-2-revised

Wash. Post: Calculate How Much You’ll Get from the $1200 (or more) Coronavirus Checks

“The U.S. government is about to send checks — or direct deposits — to most Americans to help people survive financially as much of the economy shuts down in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus…”

Read More…

Crossing Broad: Stadium Complex Food Service Workers are Asking for Help

“Two Fridays ago, Comcast Spectacor and the 76ers announced that they’d be paying employees who work at the Wells Fargo Center for a period of time during the Coronavirus crisis. That includes game night staff, ticket takers, ushers, security, and other personnel who fall within the Comcast or Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment umbrella.

It leaves a portion of arena workers uncovered, however, the group that works in food and concessions and is employed by Aramark…”

Read More…

Penn Live Patriot News: PA Teachers to be Paid in Full Despite School Closures

Public school teachers worried about whether missing at least three weeks of school would cost them a paycheck or two or impact their pension can breathe a sigh of relief…

Read More…

The Guardian: ‘Everything Went to Hell:’ Stadium Workers on the US Sports Shutdown

Article featuring Unite Here Local 274 member Randi Trent:

“…Randi Trent (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): “I’m a server at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia 76ers. I’ve worked at the stadium for the past 19 years. I love my job. I feed the press box, the cameramen, and work the VIP lounge…”

Read More…

The New York Times: 1,200 Airport Workers in N.Y.C. Area Abruptly Laid Off With No Severance

Shame on OTG! OTG is the largest food service employer at PHL and has refused to even talk to their workers about sudden loss of income and health insurance from COVID-19 lay-offs.