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Hospitality Industry Union Demands Dues from Virus-Furloughed Workers

We the unions

If we’re all in this together shouldn’t that mean that if we all lost pay, well, you get the idea. Not so fast, says “UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents more than 30,000 hotel employees in Southern California and Arizona.”

If you’re not getting paid we still need to get paid.

A hospitality union is still demanding dues payments from workers left unemployed by the coronavirus, threatening to cut off health insurance benefits for those who fall behind on payments.

UNITE HERE Local 11, which represents more than 30,000 hotel employees in Southern California and Arizona, has continued to request dues from laid off workers as the pandemic halts travel across the country. The union on Tuesday sent payment reminders to members via text message, telling many unemployed workers, “It is critical for you to keep paying your dues so that we can keep fighting.”

The Union, which promised to keep its member’s insurance coverage through September is suggesting that the two things are connected. You need to pay your dues so they can ensure you have that health care coverage.

Although the member was laid off, the hotel extended health insurance coverage for workers through September. He was told by a union representative that those benefits are linked to maintaining dues payments, which ranged from $28 to $71 each month, according to its 2019 federal labor filings.

“I said, ‘Medical insurance, how is that gonna work?’ [The representative] goes, ‘Oh well, you’ll be covered until September. Well, as long as you keep paying your union dues,'” the member said.

The Left is so compassionate. I meant greedy. 

Do those workers know that the Union can’t force them to pay dues? If it’s not going to do them a solid by (say…) taking their political action money of union boss salaries to cover some of the cost of promised coverage, then maybe workers are just cash mules for partisan politics and not good for much else.

| Washington Free Beacon