UNITE HERE Local 11

UNITE HERE Local 11 represents over 32,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers throughout Southern California and Arizona. Members of UNITE HERE Local 11 join together to fight for improved living standards and working conditions.

Local 11 is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international labor union that represents 270,000 working people across North America. Our members in the U.S. and Canada work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries.

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UPCOMING FOOD BANKS

UPCOMING FOOD BANKS

Mission Hills Food Distribution

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • 9:00 AM  12:00 PM
  • LIUNA Office
  • 14800 Devonshire Street, Los Angeles, CA, 91345
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ANY UNION & THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
  • Drive-thru distribution. Must wear face mask.

Carson Food Distribution

  • Friday, May 14, 2021
  • 11:00 AM  2:00 PM
  • Carson Community Center
  • 801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA, 90745
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ANY UNION & THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
  • Drive-thru distribution. Must wear face mask.

Painters Food Distribution

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021
  • 9:00 AM  12:00 PM
  • Painters Union
  • 1155 Corporate Center Drive, Monterey Park, CA, 91754
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ANY UNION & THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
  • Drive-thru distribution. Must wear face mask.

Paramount Food Distribution

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021
  • 9:00 AM  12:00 PM
  • Bianchi Theater
  • 7770 Rosecrans Avenue, Paramount, CA, 90723
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ANY UNION & THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
  • Drive-thru distribution. Must wear face mask.

West Covina Food Distribution

  • Saturday, May 22, 2021
  • 9:00 AM  12:00 PM
  • West Covina City Hall
  • 1444 West Garvey Avenue South West Covina, CA, 91790
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ANY UNION & THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
  • Drive-thru distribution. Must wear face mask

Maywood Food Distribution

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
  • 9:00 AM  12:00 pm
  • OPEN TO MEMBERS OF ANY UNION & THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
  • Walk-up distribution. Must wear face mask. Please bring a cart to pick up food.

Free COBRA Healthcare

FREE HEALTHCARE from April through September, 100% paid for by the U.S. Government!

Thanks to the work UNITE HERE Local 11 did in Arizona and Georgia, President Biden was able to pass the American Rescue Plan. This win is a huge victory for workers across the country. If you (and your dependents) lost health coverage due to layoff, furlough or reduction in hours, you may be eligible for FREE HEALTH COVERAGE from April through September, 100% paid for by the U.S. Government!

The official enrollment form will be available in mid-April. We are waiting for the official enrollment form from the federal government. You will receive information by mail, email, phone call, and/or text. You can also check this webpage for more updates as we get them.

Right now we can only make sure we have your right address and phone number for when the enrollment process begins. Please fill the form below and check the chart to see if you will be eligible.

 

 

Need help understanding your options? Call LA Care at (888) 439-5124 to see if you qualify for Medi-Cal.

  • If you don’t qualify for Medi-Cal: Enroll for Covered CA (subsidized coverage) visit https://www.coveredca.com/ or call (800) 300-1506.
  • If you don’t qualify for Medi-Cal or Covered CA: If you don’t qualify for either program due to lack of residency or documents, or you cannot afford to pay for Covered CA, LA County also offers insurance coverage through My Health. LA: http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/mhla
  • Kaiser Members:
    • Call Kaiser at (800) 270-4095 or go to kp.org/exploreoptions for help enrolling in a Kaiser plan through Medi-Cal, Medicare, or Covered CA.
    • Kaiser members who live in LA County can also get help from LA Care by calling (888) 439-5124.
    • If you need additional help paying for high medical costs at a Kaiser facility, please call Kaiser’s Medical Financial Assistance program at (800) 390-3507.
    • If you need help with essentials like housing, childcare, or food, Thrive Local Connections can help connect you to resources in your community. Call (800) 443-6328 (TTY 711)

For Arizona, sign up for Medicaid at:
https://www.azahcccs.gov/
1(855)HEA-PLUS (1-855-432-7587)

Legal Fund Notice

Effective April 1, 2021:

To All Local 11 Members Employed at a Legal Fund Participating Workplace:

Members who currently meet eligibility requirements will continue to receive all Legal Fund  Services as described in the Summary Plan Description (“SPD”), which can be found here.

The SPD also describes the requirements for Eligibility.  

Members who were eligible in February of 2020 and worked at least 60 hours in February of  2020 or later, but who do not currently have continuing eligibility based on 60 hours per month  of work in Covered Employment (“Previously Eligible”), will continue to receive the “Essential  Legal Services” identified in the attached List of Essential Legal Services.    

To find out if you are currently eligible, or if you are a Previously Eligible member (based on  your previous eligibility at any time since February 2020), you can contact the Funds  Administrative Office at (562) 463-5020.    

If you are Previously Eligible and work enough hours in the future to meet the Eligibility  Requirements in the SPD, you will be entitled at that time to all Legal Services described in the  SPD.  

If you have engaged Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, LLP (“HSR&D”) as your attorney to provide  a covered service as described in the SPD, HSR&D will complete those services regardless of  whether you are currently eligible.  

You can set an appointment with HSR&D by calling 213 785-6999, Monday thru Friday between  the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  

 

LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES

LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDED DESCRIPTION
I. Consumer Matters  General Consultations
Pro Per Answers to Civil and small claims actions
Claim of Exemption to Wage Garnishment
II. Social Security Benefits General Consultations and Advice
Advice and Assistance on Requests for Survivor Benefits
Advice and Assistance on Transfers of Qualified Earnings 
Advice and Assistance on Social Security Benefits (SSI)  Benefits, not including representation at hearings
III. Personal Bankruptcy General Consultation and Advice
Preparation and Filing of Chapter 7, Voluntary Petitions for  Bankruptcy, for persons unable to pay their creditors and  seeking to discharge debt where a collection lawsuit has been  filed or where wage garnishment has been ordered. 
Preparation for and representation at 341(a) Meetings of  Creditors following filing of Chapter 7 Voluntary Petition  where a collection lawsuit has been filed or where wage  garnishment has been ordered. 
IV. Real Estate Matters  General consultation and advice regarding the purchase of an  owner-occupied home.
Review of escrow documents, property profiles and other  papers in relation to the purchase of an owner-occupied home.
Advice only on quitclaim deeds and joint tenant deeds. 
V. Landlord Tenant  Consultation, advice and assistance on tenant and housing issues, including rent increases, rent control, health and safety,  and security deposits.
Advice and assistance on 3 day notices to pay rent or quit or 3  day notices to perform or quit; also, 30 day and 60 day notices.
Advice and assistance on obtaining repairs to units
Advice and assistance in obtaining return of security deposits.
Answers to Unlawful Detainer complaints (eviction actions),  with trial representation only in meritorious cases.
VI. Wills & Trusts  (Estate Planning) Advance Health Care Directive for Participant and Spouse
Powers of Attorney for Participant and Spouse
VI. Criminal Misdemeanors General consultation and advice
Assistance in plea negotiations only
VII. Immigration  Immigration Consultation
Work Permit Renewal, I-765.
Interim Work Permit, available when work permit application  is pending more than 90 days
Green card renewal/replacement, 1-90.
Removal of Conditional Status on Legal Permanent Residency,  I-751.
Temporary Protected. Status (TPS), I-821.
Advance Parole Application, to request permission to reenter  the U. S. after travel abroad.
General Consultation and assistance in completing and filing  Renewals for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  Deferred Action Program (“DACA”)
VIII. Miscellaneous  Services Complete Notary Service for notarizing signatures on  documents.
Authorization Letters.
Translation of documents used in immigration processing, such  as Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate,  Death Certificate.
IX. Court Costs and  Filings Fees The Plan covers one-half of Court Costs, Filing Fees, and  Service Fees. The Plan does not cover the costs of personal or foreign service of process, credit reports or credit counseling  classes required in connection with a Bankruptcy filing.

The following legal services are not covered by the Plan.  

  1. Any matter in dispute involving an Employer or Union or agent or employee  of the Union or Employer; or this Fund, UNITE HERE Health, or the Los Angeles  Hotel- Restaurant Employer-Union Retirement Fund, or the Trustees, agents and  employees of such Funds. 
  2. Legal services to a Dependent adverse to the interest of the Employee. This  may include closing an existing open case if a conflict arises. 
  3. Court fines and judgments. 
  4. Any fees associated with the purchase of homes, including escrow fees,  closing, title insurance, title search, or similar costs. 
  5. Any matter involving a trade or business or otherwise involving property or  activities for the production of income. 
  6. Parking tickets. 
  7. Matters involving Driving Under the Influence (DUI). 
  8. Frivolous or Non-meritorious claims or defenses. 
  9. Appeals. 
  10. Contingency fee cases. 
  11. Class actions. 
  12. Any debt collection defense under $750.00. 
  13. Felony charges or dispositions. 
  14. Representation of members who are Landlords in a Landlord-Tenant  Dispute. 
  15. Any contested dissolution of marriage (divorce). A contested dissolution  (divorce) is where the parties (husband and wife) are not in agreement as to the  divorce, custody issues, or the distribution of property. 
  16. Patent or Copyright matters. 
  17. Any bankruptcy involving a trade or business or otherwise involving  property or activities for the production of income. 
  18. Drafting of living trusts or other probate documents or matters.
  19. Any matter not specifically covered under the List of Essential Services  above. 
  20. Consultations regarding services not covered by the Plan. 21. Representation outside the County in which the Employer resides.  

The Legal Fund Of Hotel And Restaurant Employees Of Los Angeles has no liability for the conduct of any participating Attorney. The firm of Hadsell Stormer  Renick & Dai, LLP is responsible for all services provided through its law offices.

California Unemployment Insurance

California Unemployment Insurance

Policies at California EDD are rapidly shifting to meet the immense need that has emerged since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We will do our best to update this guide with the latest information. This guide was last updated on March 24, 2021. Check edd.ca.gov for the most recent updates. 

Set up an Appointment with a Volunteer

UNITE HERE Local 11 members who are having difficulties applying for benefits in California may request an appointment with a volunteer to help you with the process, if one is available, in English and Spanish (Para español, haga click aquí).  Since there are more appointments available in English, we encourage you to find someone to translate for you if you can. 

Key Contact Information for the EDD

Phone numbers: 

  • To speak with an EDD representative about your claim, call 1-800-300-5616 (English) 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish) Hours: 8 am 8pm, 7 days a week.
    • Hold times can vary greatly. Call as early in the day as you can, and call often. 
    • Sometimes, wait times on the English language line are shorter than they are on the Spanish language line. If you have someone in your household who can translate English-Spanish for you, try calling the English line with their assistance.
  • For technical support, password reset, UI Online questions, general information and EDD account number, please call 1-833-978-2511.  Hours: 8 am-8 pm, 7 days a week. 
    • Sometimes the technical support staff can help you with a substantive issue with your EDD claim. If you are having difficulty getting through on the main application support line, it might be worth trying to call tech support. 
  • To get information on your last payment issued; certify for benefits; get information on how to file a new UI claim, reopen an existing claim, or submit a new claim when your benefit year ends,  call the self service line at 1-866-333-4606. Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • And if you lost your EDD Bank of America Card or want to know if one has been issued to you, call 1-866-692-9374. 

Internet, Mail, and Fax:

  • For questions about your claim, log into your UI Online account.  You will need your customer account number.  Once you have logged in, navigate to “Contact Us” and submit your question.
  • Contact the EDD with general questions through Ask EDD.
  • You can also fax documents to EDD: 1-866-215-9159. 

Still no response from EDD, despite multiple attempts to contact them? 

SUBMIT A COMPLAINT FORM TO THE EDD

If your other attempts to troubleshoot have not succeeded, submit a comment, suggestion or complaint using the following complaint form:

Mail the printed form to EDD to the address below:

Unemployment Insurance
Employment Development Department
PO Box 826880 – UIPCD, MIC 40
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001

If you are a UNITE HERE Local 11 member and need help submitting this form, contact your workplace representative or make an appointment with a volunteer if one is available at the links provided above.

Below is a template for how to fill out this form. In the description box (Question 5), you should include as much detail as possible about the problem you are trying to solve so that the person at EDD who reads the letter has all of the information that they need to help you. Some useful info could include: your full name, SSN, dates on which you submitted forms or attempted to contact EDD, and a description of any letters or communications you have received from EDD in the past. 

SEND EDD A TEMPLATE LETTER

  • In some circumstances, especially for more complex problems, you might want to write a letter to EDD instead of submitting a complaint form so that you can more fully explain the details of your case. Mail or fax the printed letter to EDD with copies of any relevant supporting documents attached.

We have developed some template letters to address common problems that UNITE HERE members have faced over the past few months, but we encourage you to adapt the language to your specific situation and provide as much detail as possible regarding your claim and attempts to contact EDD.  The EDD’s fax number is 866.215.9159

  • Click here to download a Template Letter form and access other resources.  

Applying or Re-Applying for Unemployment Benefits

You will need the following information:

  1. Email address
  2. Exact of your last workplace
  3. Immigration card number
  4. Social Security card (exact name and number)
  5. Driver’s License number or California ID number
  6. The name of your last supervisor

Rent Relief

EVICTION PROTECTION UNDER THE COVID-19 TENANT RELIEF ACT

The following is helpful information about renters’ rights and rental assistance. 

Am I entitled to protection from eviction under this law?

Yes, if the basis for the eviction is your failure to pay rent owed from March 2020 to June 30, 2021 due to “COVID-19-related financial distress.” 

Examples of “COVID-19-related financial distress” include: 

  1. Loss of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. Increased out-of-pocket expenses directly related to performing essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  3. Increased expenses directly related to the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  4. Childcare responsibilities or responsibilities to care for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic that limit your ability to earn income;
  5. Increased costs for childcare or attending to an elderly, disabled, or sick family member directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  6. Other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic that have reduced your income or increased your expenses. 

How do I qualify for this protection?

  • For protection from eviction through June 30, 2021, you MUST provide a written declaration to your landlord or property manager each month you are unable to pay rent due to a COVID-19 related loss. You can still send declarations for past months unless you have been served with a Fifteen Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. 
  • Make sure to specify the month covered by the declaration; keep a copy of the declaration; and keep proof that the declaration was submitted (e.g., certified mail or email). 
  • For protection from eviction at any time on the basis of unpaid rent for the time period from September 2020 through June 30, 2021, you MUST also pay the landlord 25% of the total rent due for the period on or before June 30, 2021.
  • Make sure to specify the rental period that the 25% payment covers (e.g., “25% for February 2021”); keep proof that you paid the rent (e.g., rent receipt); and keep proof that payment was made (e.g., certified mail).
  • Note that the remaining unpaid 75% of the rent owed for those months will remain collectible by the landlord through a small claims court proceeding starting August 1, 2021, unless the landlord receives funding for those months through the State Rental Assistance Program as described below.

What if I cannot afford to pay 25% of the total rent due for the period from September 2020 through June 2021 required to qualify for eviction protection?

The State Rental Assistance Program provides the following two options for rental assistance for rent owed from April 2020 through March 31, 2021:

  •  OPTION 1 — This option requires your landlord’s participation in the program. The program allows your landlord to apply for funds to compensate it for 80% of unpaid rent from April 2020 through March 31, 2021. If your landlord receives this funding, the amount of unpaid rent you owe for this time period will be deemed paid in full. 
  • OPTION 2 — If your landlord does not participate in the program, then you may apply directly to the program and can receive 25% of the rent owed from April 2020 to March 31, 2021 to pay your landlord.

What kind of rental assistance is available if you cannot afford to pay rent that will be due for the period from April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021?

You may apply directly to the program for funds to cover 25% of the rent for the months of April, May, and June of 2021, but it will be subject to funding availability. Funding for payment of rent from April 2020 to March 2021 due will be given priority.

What do I need to know about applying for direct rental assistance? 

All tenants may apply regardless of immigration status. Tenants who have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income will be given priority.  

You will need to show proof of loss of income due to COVID-19, which may include any of the following:

  • A letter of termination from your job
  • Your most recent pay stub with employer’s information
  • Documentation showing that you have applied for unemployment benefits
  • Documentation showing that your unemployment benefits have expired, including unemployment benefits provided through the CARES Act
  • For those self-employed: tax records, income statements, or other documentation showing loss of income
  • Other items will be considered

Where can I get more information about the State Rental Assistance Program? 

Call 833-422-4255 or visit https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/ for more information on the California rental assistance program. The state program is already accepting applications.  You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible while funding is available.     

Apply for city-specific rental relief programs in California at the following links:

City of LA: https://hcidla.lacity.org  (Applications will be accepted starting March 30, 2021)
City of Riverside:  https://www.riversideca.gov/homelesssolutions/housing-authority/riverside-rental-assistance-program  (Application can be submitted now)
City of San Bernardino:
http://sbcity.org/cityhall/community_n_economic_development/housing/eviction_prevention_program_.asp   (Application can be submitted now)

What are my obligations for the payment of rent after June 30, 2021?

  • For protection from eviction, you are responsible for payment of 100% of your rent starting July 1, 2021.
  • The balance of the unpaid rent due to COVID-19-related financial distress is still owed. The law permits a claim for the unpaid rent to be brought in small claims court beginning August 1, 2021, even if the amount owed would otherwise be more than current small claims court limits.

Santa Monica Fund

New Health Plan – Santa Monica UNITE HERE Health Benefit Fund Effective November 1, 2020.

 To All UNITE HERE Local 11 Members employed by the University of Southern California.

Effective November 1, 2020 the health benefits offered through UNITE HERE Health will change and will be provided by the Santa Monica UNITE HERE Health Benefit Trust Fund. All eligible UNITE HERE Local 11 Members employed by the University of Southern California will have an opportunity to enroll for health benefits provided by the Santa Monica UNITE HERE Health Benefit Trust Fund. Enrollment for your new benefits will begin September 14, 2020. All eligible members will be contacted by phone and invited to schedule an in person enrollment. Please contact UNITE HERE Local 11 at (213) 481-8530 ext 242 to make sure that your contact information is correct and updated.

 If you have questions about your benefits, starting November 1, 2020, please contact the Funds Administrative Office at (866) 345-5189 or (562) 463-5075 or UNITE HERE Local 11 at (213) 481-8530 ext 242.

Emergency Hospitality Worker’s Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Crisis has struck hospitality industry workers with great force.  Many have had their hours reduced, and tens and thousands of workers have been laid off, leaving many low-wage workers wondering how they will make ends meet. This includes workers in hotels, stadiums, amusement parks, universities, airport concessions, catering companies, and airline food kitchens. Not all workers are eligible to apply for unemployment – and many immigrant workers who are especially vulnerable have very few allies to turn to for relief.

Today, our sisters and brothers in the hospitality industry are hurting in deep and real ways, and we call on you once again to stand shoulder to shoulder as we seek to share the burden. Our friends at Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) have created a Emergency Hospitality Worker Hardship Fund to help hospitality workers during these difficult times. We encourage you to give as generously as you are able to this Fund which will assist hospitality workers and their families who are unable to access unemployment.

PLEASE DONATE TODAY

MAY DAY 2020