NO MEANS TO EXIST
American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), a leading industry association and lobbyist in the district of Columbia, has notified Congress that more than two out of three (67 percent) U.S. hotels will not be able to survive more than six months without Federal assistance.
A survey conducted by AHLA among its members shows that 74% of hotels will be forced to fire more employees if they do not get access to government funding as soon as possible. Sixty-eight percent of hoteliers say their workforce is less than half of the pre-COVID-19 wage.
William Chip Rogers, President of the AHLA, said: “These are real numbers, millions of jobs, the livelihoods of people who have been building small businesses for decades are now just disappearing because Congress isn’t taking any action.”
“We can’t afford to let thousands of small businesses die, because all the jobs related to them will be lost for many years,” Rogers continued.
AHLA is calling on Congress to extend the service life through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to secure and retain hotel employees’ workplace. The Association is also seeking financial assistance through the Federal Reserve System and Department of the Treasury, including limited liability formulation for hotels and tax provisions to help hard-hit hotels and their employees.
Mammoth Hotel Industry
There is no other state which relies on tourism more than Nevada. MGM Resorts Company is the biggest employer in the Silver State, which operates nine casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.
AHLA reports that there are 566 hotels in Nevada with approximately 194 400 rooms. Last year there worked 370 741 people and the gross domestic product was $ 27 billion.
Hotels generated $ 4 billion in state and local taxes and $ 5 billion in аederal revenue.
MGM Resorts fired 18 000 employees across the country , including 10 000 workers in Las Vegas. Other casinos in Las Vegas as well as the operators from Nevada cut jobs, among those are Treasure Island, Sahara, M Resort and Boyd Gaming.
Union calls for change
The local culinary workers’ Union №226 and the bartender’s Union №165, both members of UNITE HERE, a labor union in the United States and Canada, collectively represent about 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno. The vast majority of their members work in hotels and casinos of Las Vegas.
The Culinary Union is calling on its members and other Nevada residents to vote for Democratic candidates on November 3. The Union says that the democratic candidates are best suited to recover from COVID-19.
In an issue published today, Culinary Union says that it supports Joe Biden for President and the blue state candidates for the four Nevada congressional seats up for election – Dina Titus, Patricia Ackerman, Susie Lee, and Stephen Horsford.
“Donald trump is a threat to the livelihoods of workers and our families,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary of the Culinary Union.