Fund Name: UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund
Organized by: UNITE HERE
Benefits: UNITE HERE Local 7 members
About the fund: The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on Baltimore workers in the hospitality industry. Event and travel cancelations have caused unprecedented layoffs at hotels, restaurants, university cafeterias, casinos, and Marshall airport. Tens of thousands are out of work, with no paychecks coming in. Funds are used to help hospitality workers: maintain family health insurance coverage during layoffs or reduced hours; pay for food, rent, and utilities; replace wages lost due to reduced hours and tips; retrain for new jobs during the business downturn.