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
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
“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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