Hotels help furloughed employees find other work

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Forced to furlough workers because of a severe decline in business, hotel companies are helping their employees find other work.

Retail, healthcare, consumer goods and delivery service companies are hiring during the Covid-19 pandemic. Marriott International has partnerships with CVS, Albertsons, Manpower, Pepsi, HCA Healthcare, First Service Residential, Kroger, Walmart, Shipt Grocery Delivery, Home Depot, Alight and Amazon.

Pharmacy giant CVS Health said in a press release that the company has immediate plans to fill more than 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the U.S., with available positions ranging from store associates and home delivery drivers to distribution center employees and customer service professionals.

CVS said it would be hiring furloughed employees from Hilton as well as Marriott.

Likewise, food and drug retailer Albertsons Companies said it needed to fill 30,000 associate roles, partnering with G6 Hospitality, Hilton, Marriott and MGM Resorts to offer furloughed workers part-time employment.  

“So many businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors are scaling back hours or temporarily closing as their customers remain home and adhere to shelter-in-place orders,” said Albertsons president and CEO Vivek Sankaran. “We are grateful to be a resource to help fill a critical need in our own business and take care of people who want to continue working during this time of national emergency.”

Marriott said earlier this month that it would be forced to furlough a significant portion of its workforce, as properties have been forced to close restaurants, close floors or entire hotels. Hilton said operations have been suspended at many U.S. hotels.

The American Hotel and Lodging Association and Oxford Economics estimate that around 4 million U.S. hotel jobs have either been eliminated or are on the verge of being lost within the next few weeks.

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