Hospitality workers rally in Florida to fix unemployment system

Hundreds of hospitality workers took to the streets on Friday to demand something be done to solve Florida’s unemployment problem. On Friday, the state released figures showing it has paid nearly everyone who qualifies. Hundreds of cars poured into the parking lot near the Florida Mall with horns honking, flags waving and messages written on their windows. “I can’t go and get a job. I need money now, my house is empty, send me back to work or give me money. Fix unemployment now,” said Rori Peter. The workers are part of Unite Here Local 737, one of the unions representing workers at Disney, hotels and the convention center. “No money coming, how are we going to feed the family? How do you put food on the table?” Gonas Nazaire said. Their demands include Florida fixing the unemployment system and raising the weekly payment to $600. Many have spent days or weeks trying to register as unemployed. “We’ve all been fighting for money. We’ve all been promised that we’re going to get help during this time, and nothing is happening. And we’re all fighting and fighting,” Arissa Davisson said. The Department of Economic Opportunity said nearly everyone deemed eligible for unemployment received a payment, although nearly 40% are still labeled ineligible for unemployment.Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked if he thought some of those people were mislabeled. He said most people are generally not eligible,” DeSantis said. “Now I think a majority who are applying now are eligible. Because these are people who just lost their jobs.” The agency also said registration and job search requirements will continue to be suspended until May 9. on the site where you can backdate your complaint.

Hundreds of hospitality workers took to the streets on Friday to demand something be done to solve Florida’s unemployment problem.

On Friday, the state released figures showing it has paid nearly everyone who is eligible.

Hundreds of cars poured into the parking lot near the Florida Mall with horns honking, flags waving and messages written on their windows.

“I can’t go and get a job. I need money now, my house is empty, send me back to work or give me money. Fix unemployment now,” said Rori Peter.

The workers are part of Unite Here Local 737, one of the unions representing Disney, hotel and convention center workers.

“No money coming, how are we going to feed the family? How do you put food on the table?” said Gonas Nazaire.

Their demands include Florida fixing the unemployment system and raising the weekly payment to $600.

Many have spent days or weeks trying to register as unemployed.

“We’ve all been fighting for money. We’ve all been promised that we’re going to get help during this time, and nothing’s happening. And we’re all struggling and fighting,” said Arissa Davisson .

The Department of Economic Opportunity said nearly everyone found eligible for unemployment has received a payment. However, almost 40% are still labeled ineligible for unemployment.

Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked if he thought any of these people were mislabeled.

He said most people generally don’t qualify.

“If you go back to last year in 2019, what the DEO will tell you is that a majority of people who apply aren’t eligible,” DeSantis said. “Now I think a majority who are applying now are eligible. Because these are people who have just lost their jobs.”

The agency also said registration and job search requirements will continue to be suspended until May 9. The DEO has also added a place on the site where you can backdate your request.