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 here to watch the video.

 

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 his promise to invest in the workers. Marriott bought back $16 BILION in stocks this last decade since Arne signed the pledge making investors richer. To date Marriott has not stopped stock buybacks even at the peak of the pandemic. On March 19th Sorensen promised again to stop the practice of paying stock dividends to investors “for the time being.” He acknowledges that the public is unhappy and in the same breath paid shareholders their “last dividend” on March 31st. But what is Marriott actually going to do? Click here for the full story and stay tuned.

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 time Jeff Bezos of Amazon made more than the entire GDP of Honduras. Billionaires then use this money to influence politics and make themselves even richer. Read more here.

 

“Life can be pleasant for those isolated in SF hotels”

This weekend, the Chronicle ran a story about how much better life is for unhoused people who are been sheltered in some of San Francisco’s hotels. They interviewed a guest at a union hotel in the South of Market. Click here to read (requires a Chronicle subscription).

“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 people who have the health, safety, and workplace protections that guarantee everyone is safe.

Meanwhile, Governor Newsom has announced a state plan to pay restaurants to deliver food to certain people. Until a more comprehensive program is set up in San Francisco, some people may benefit from the governor’s plan. Read here for more information.

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 who doesn’t have good health insurance, there is a new state program that may cover any expenses if they get sick with COVID.  It doesn’t matter how much income they had last year, and it is open to everyone who lives in California, including all immigrants. Tell people you know to get the care they need to get healthy — they can apply for the program at clinics and hospitals.

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 or both.” Masks are not required for walking, jogging hiking or biking. Click for more details.