Mon. 5/11 Daily COVID-19 Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS State Lawmakers reach tentative agreement on CARES Act spending bill (Hawaii News Now, May 11, 2020) Hawaii lawmakers acted to distribute 862M in CARES Act money to the neighbor islands.  The bill gives $180 million dollars for the neighbor islands for coronavirus testing and contact tracing, and to pay for services such as police and firefighters. Another $100 […]

Sun. 5/10 Daily COVID-19 Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Column: Help hard-hit tourism workers with safe reopening of industry – Editorial by Eric Gill, published in Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  Excerpt: “We’ve learned in this pandemic that the health of every person affects us all. Every hotel worker should have health care; every person should have health care. No worker should be forced back […]

Sat. 5/9 Daily COVID-19 Update

News Highlights COVID Cases Today World: Cases: 4.0M (+70k).  Deaths: 279(+5k) USA: Cases: 1.3M (+20k).  Deaths: 78.7k (+1.6k).  Total Tested: 8.7M (+300k) Hawaii: Cases:  631 (+2).  Deaths: 17 (+0).  Hospitalized: 81 (+o). Recovered: 551 Fresh coronavirus outbreaks in Germany and South Korea show the risks in easing up restrictions – Associated Press.  U.S. Leisure and […]

Fri. 5/8/20: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEW RESOURCE: GUIDE ON APPLYING FOR PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE We added a guide on applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to our Local 5 Resources Page. Click here for the guide. At the bottom of the guide is information on the DLIR’s new system that will allow claimants to certify their unemployment claims on designated days […]

Thursday 5/7 COVID-19 Daily Update

New Resources New resource added: expanded child care subsidy http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/bessd/ccch-subsidies/how-to-apply/ More childcare resources for essential workers: http://www.patchhawaii.org/ Video Over the weekend, thousands of people around the world joined Call to Unite—a 24-hour livestream event to inspire people to connect, share, and show support. Union workers from Teamsters, UFCW, Machinists Union, and UNITE HERE shared amazing […]

Wed. 5/6/20: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEW RESOURCES: EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE AND RENT MORATORIUM Our Local 5 Resources Page continues to be updated regularly. We added the Hawaii Foodbank’s Emergency Food Assistance page. We also added information on federal and state rent moratoriums, which includes information for public housing tenants and other renters. Thanks to the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in […]

Tue. 5/5/20: COVID-19 Daily Update

TOMORROW (WED. 5/6/20): FACEBOOK LIVE TOWN HALL – REOPENING HAWAII TOURISM: OUR AIRPORTS Tomorrow’s Facebook Live Town Hall will continue our discussion on reopening Hawaii tourism, with guests from other labor unions that also represent airline & airport workers. Local 5 represents airline catering workers who work for United Airlines and Gate Gourmet, as well […]

Mon. 5/4/20: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Leaders expect ‘unified plan’ to restart Hawaii economy by end of this week (Pacific Business News, May 4, 2020) The plan developed by Ige’s economic coordinator and the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic Impact & Preparedness will be announced later this week. UHERO reportedly believes the “local” economy will return to 75% by end of the year. […]

Sun. 5/3/20: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS United Air Cuts Work Hours, Spurring Labor Showdown for Next CEO – Bloomberg.  Although United has already received $5 billion in CARES Act bailout money and is applying for another $4.5 billion in low-interest loans, management has announced plans to cut hours for 15,000 workers from 40 to 30 hours per week. The […]

Sat. 5/2/20: COVID-19 Daily Update

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Job losses spike even as millions are uncounted – New York Times.  All around the country, unemployment systems have been overwhelmed by the number of claims. Officially, over 30 million people have made initial unemployment claims in the past 6 weeks, but some researchers believe the actual number of unemployed people might be […]