What the End of the $600-a-Week U.S. Unemployment Check Will Mean for Travel’s Displaced Masses

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Even during all this, there has been help. Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the secretary-treasurer for the Las Vegas-based Culinary Workers Union Local 226, a Nevada affiliate of Unite Here, said the organization has done several things to help members who have been laid off, including assisting them in applying for unemployment, giving them information about healthcare, and even having a food program to help those that need something to eat. Tens of thousands of the 60,000 workers represented by the Culinary Workers Union are still unemployed.

Currently, all eyes are on Washington to see what types of provisions might be put in place to help give workers more relief. Argüello-Kline stressed that elected leaders need to take care of the people. On Monday, Senate Republicans presented their coronavirus relief plan, with details that included setting federal unemployment insurance at 70 percent of a worker’s previous wages, as opposed to the previous $600 a week.

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