Even as 90% of their own members have been laid off or furloughed, UNITE HERE Local 25 – which represents hospitality workers throughout the metro area -- has contributed $5,000 to the Metro Washington Council’s Community Services Agency's (CSA) Emergency Assistance Fund to help fellow metro-area union members. “We are all in this together,” said Local 25 President Linda Martin, “and this is one way of showing solidarity even as we practice social distancing.” CSA is coordinating direct help for area workers through its Emergency Assistance Fund as well as linking to “Resources To Help Survive Economic Impact Of Coronavirus”. "Due to the huge need for emergency assistance, CSA will prioritize emergency assistance for those members ineligible for unemployment," said CSA Executive Director, Sonte DuCote. Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to the Community Services Agency and mailed to 815 16th Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20006 or online. "More funding is on its way," pledged Martin.
photo: UNITE HERE 25 members show solidarity with area supermarket workers -- members of UFCW 400 -- earlier this month during their contract struggle.