Entries by twaechter

Free testing available for SF workers

If you are currently working in a San Francisco hotel, grocery stores, or other workplace, you can now get free COVID-19 testing without a doctor’s note. Click here to visit the City’s website for more details and to schedule an appointment either in South of Market or on the Embarcadero. 

UNITE HERE President D. Taylor on CNN

D. Taylor tells Anderson Cooper of CNN how Unite Here is handling the COVID crisis nationwide. Members of Unite Here from hotels, casinos, and airports have died or been hospitalized. Our national priorities are health and safety, personal protective equipment (PPE), healthcare, and access to unemployment, food banks and help with shelter and evictions. Click […]

Marriott CEO Arne Sorensen, actions speak louder than words!

Marriott Marquis Housekeeper Larrilou Carrumba speaks out about how the health crisis is impacting her family. She had nearly saved up enough money to move her family out of her sister’s crowded apartment into their own home when the coronavirus hit, making that plan impossible in the near future. Meanwhile, Marriott CEO Arne Sorensen broke […]

Airline catering workers deserve affordable health care now!

“This largely hidden workforce, made up primarily of immigrants and people of color, many of whom can’t afford health insurance, is at great risk of contracting the virus.” Airline catering workers are speaking up – because we deserve affordable health care and safety at work. Read the Boston Globe report.

The 1% are once again up to no good

Ten years after the Great Recession of 2008, billionaire’s wealth increased by 80% — leaving the rest of us behind. Now the “pandemic profiteers” are positioned to take similar increases on a much shorter timeline. At least 8 billionaires made another $1 billion since the start of the crisis, and in the same amount of […]

“Shelter in place” order extended to the end of May

San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties have extended the shelter in place order through the end of May. Following the quarantine will prevent a surge in new cases, help us get past the pandemic and save lives. Specific details on restrictions will be released later this week. Read more here.

Food for elderly people

Local 2 has been working with the City and County of San Francisco to create a food program for seniors and other vulnerable people who might be unable to get groceries or cook for themselves.  We think it’s very important that governments create a food program, and that the food is prepared and delivered by […]

California benefits: Unemployment and health care

Unemployment: If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits and do not qualify for disability insurance you may be still eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits up to $600 per week for 39 weeks. Click here to learn more. Health care:  Local 2 health benefits cover the cost of COVID treatment. But if you know someone […]

Mayor Breed issues an order requiring face masks in public

Since Friday, as a measure to flatten the coronavirus curve most Bay Area counties will be requiring people to wear masks in public. In San Francisco people riding transit, working, doing construction or shopping should wear masks and should maintain 6 feet social distancing. Not wearing a mask “is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment […]