Laid-off workers set up soup kitchens in front of senators who oppose extending $600 checks
New York (CNN Business) Robert Davis, a bartender at the Atlanta airport, was never late paying rent prior to Aug. 1. But that didn't stop his landlord from sending him an eviction notice on Friday.
A day earlier, the 51-year-old single dad who was furloughed in March wrote a letter to his apartment building's owners explaining his predicament and hoping for some mercy. He explained that his last $600 weekly unemployment check , a lifeline for millions under the CARES Act , had been delayed and he wasn't sure if or when he'd receive another.
Davis is just one of millions of laid-off or furloughed Americans who will be homeless this fall unless the federal eviction moratorium, a key provision of the CARES Act, is extended.
This week, he and other hospitality workers are staging food giveaways for fellow workers in need — right in front of the offices of key US senators who have opposed extending unemployment benefits.
Furloughed airport bartender Robert Davis, 51, stands in his downtown Atlanta apartment on Aug. 10, 2020 with protest signs he's planning to use at a protest in support of the HEROES Act.
The events were planned and paid for by several labor unions in support of members of UNITE HERE, a hospitality workers union that represents about 300,000 airport, restaurant, hotel and casino employees in the United States and Canada. Organizers are targeting Republican senators including Kelly Loeffler, John Cornyn and Martha McSallywho have opposed the so-called HEROES Act
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