Month: July 2020

Workers fight back as US hotels try to lay off staff and hire on the cheap

In early March, Antonio Rodriguez, a banquet waiter for 11 years at the luxurious Terranea resort in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles, was told he was being temporarily furloughed because of Covid-19. Rodriguez, 58, took that setback in stride, but then in mid-May he received a shocker – Terranea informed him he was being permanently laid off, even though the resort was planning to reopen in June.

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“I felt terrible knowing that I was going to lose my job and my benefits. I have three daughters,

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Will COVID-19 force cancellation of Art Basel Miami Beach? A lot is riding on it

For 19 years, Art Basel Miami Beach has injected a jet-fueled blast into the local cultural and tourism calendar. The fair doesn’t just put a massive trove of world-class art on public display, but also draws mobs of some of the world’s richest people, fills hotels and restaurants, and, not incidentally, helps sustain Miami’s ongoing maturation as a global center for culture and commerce.

The contemporary-art fair has been canceled only once. What would have been the inaugural show was called off following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

But, with five months to go, a big question hangs over the

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