Big employers in the Philadelphia region have announced more than 15 times as many layoffs so far this month than in all of March last year, a microcosm of the massive job losses that the coronavirus pandemic has visited upon the state and the nation.
The union, which represents 1,400 subcontracted workers like wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers, and cabin cleaners, estimates between 600 and 1,000 of its members will be laid off between now and Monday.
Employees at several major companies across the Philadelphia region worried about the health risks of having to report for work — even after state and local officials announced sweeping measures to shutter certain businesses and keep people apart.
Restaurants and bars in five Pennsylvania counties must close their dine-in facilities starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Sunday night. The order applies to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties for the next 14 days.