UNITE HERE Local 25, which represents 7,200 hotel workers in the DC area, on Wednesday called on hotels in the metro area to close, unless they are hosting security personnel. Local 25 also called for any hotel hosting security personnel to permit their staff to opt-out of reporting to work, and allow them to leave at any time if they feel unsafe. “Last week, we watched in horror as insurrectionists terrorized the District, putting our members, as well as the broader public, at risk of violence and exposure to COVID-19,” said John Boardman, Local 25’s Executive Secretary-Treasurer. “Our union took decisive action to protect our members, and called on our hotels to evacuate. But the threat has not dissipated, as we continue to hear reports of armed, far-right militias planning to threaten Washington in the days ahead.” Boardman will discuss this on today’s Your Rights At Work radio show on WPFW 89.3 FM at 1pm.