Are you a restaurant worker who wasn’t eligible for unemployment benefits and stimulus checks? Apply now for the New York’s Excluded Workers Fund.
Hundreds of thousands of restaurant workers across New York have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus. But they have been left out of federal assistance—like unemployment insurance and stimulus check—because they are undocumented immigrants, returning citizens or nontraditional workers who may be deemed ineligible for most government aid.
Well, great news: the New York’s Excluded Workers Fund intends to provide much-needed relief to workers who have been cut off from government employment benefits and stimulus checks during the pandemic. This is by far the largest relief program—$2.1 billion—of its kind in the state.
We know that the application process can be long and tedious. No worries, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)-New York is here to assist you. On September 2, 2021, at 1:00 pm EST, ROC-New York will be holding an information session to give you the opportunity to ask questions about eligibility requirements, proof of identity and New York residency, among others. To attend and participate in the information session, please REGISTER here.
Notably, the application for the Excluded Workers Fund is on a first come, first served basis, so we highly encourage you to act as soon as you can. Application forms will not include questions about citizenship or immigration status, and the funds do not need to be paid back.
We are dedicated to improving the working conditions in the restaurant industry. We actively outreach to workers in the NYC area to build, develop, and lead the worker center.
ROC-NY is a chapter of ROC United. We use a tri-pronged model of change to build power and voice for restaurant workers. We do this in the following ways:
Workplace justice campaigns: We support restaurant workers who face workplace injustices by demonstrating public consequences for employers who violate workers’ legal rights.
About 12.6 million workers, according to the Department of Labor, have lost their jobs since the pandemic unfolded in March 2020. At least 25 percent of these workers are from the restaurant and service industry.
But we are here to help. ROC-New York provides free training and services to help develop your skills for the restaurant industry and be competitive during and after COVID-19.
We offer a two-week virtual course in entry level and management level hospitality training, bartending, advanced wine, entrepreneur training, and a three-day food handlers and OSHA-10 training. All these courses are designed to provide you new skills and information on health and safety guidelines that are vital to navigate through the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. By enrolling in any of these courses, you will receive member benefits such as access to peer support groups, mentorship, and job placement assistance. You will also receive licenses and certificates and participate in a memorable graduation ceremony.
During COVID-19, we have developed our Hospitality Training Track which includes COVID compliance, setting goals, sales (customer service, teamwork, effective communication, creating incentives, employee development, and others. Watch the video to learn more!