Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 7/15/2021
This July: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Mark your calendars: July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or commercial sex acts. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States.

For this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, here are a few simple things you can do to prepare yourself and your community to recognize and report human trafficking:

  • Learn the indicators of human trafficking. Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims. Keeping an eye out can help save a life.
  • Add the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line and National Human Trafficking Hotline numbers to your phone, in case you are in a position to report suspected human trafficking. Call 1-866-347-2423 to report human trafficking activity to the HSI Tip Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. For victim assistance, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline, call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
  • Download or order our human trafficking awareness resources, which includes posters, toolkits, and indicator cards. These resources can be used in your workplace or community to help raise awareness of how to recognize and report this crime.
  • Follow @DHSBlueCampaign on social media. Share Blue Campaign posts on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram to share human trafficking awareness information with your followers.

For more information, click here.
DCF Human Trafficking Prevention Course for Lodging
Join us Tuesday, July 27th for CLA's virtual training course on Human Trafficking Prevention from the CT Department of Children and Families. This course is open to any and all lodging employees. Please register each employee who will attend the course separately.

Please send any questions in advance to info@ctlodging.org, with subject line 7/27 HTP Question. 

When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Damaging H-2B Appropriations Language
Included in the FY 2022 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill is a provision that would effectively prohibit hotels from using the H-2B program because of our industry’s high unemployment rate during the COVID-19 pandemic (see below and pages 46,47 of the bill). Beyond this shortsighted and politically motived unemployment provisions, which would have a profound impact on the hospitality industry, there are a number of additional poison pill provisions in the bill including: 
 
  • Prohibiting construction industries from using the program even in seasonal locations or occupations;
  • Increasing the baseline for wages to at least 150% of the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher;
  • Requiring wage compliance with a collective bargaining agreement for your industry in your area, even if you are not a party to the agreement;
  • Banning participation in the program for labor/workforce related violations
 
AHLA has been meeting with members of the House Appropriations Committee about how harmful this provision would be to our industry. Our messaging is simple: 
No industry was hit harder by COVID than hospitality and even as we come out of the pandemic, our unemployment rates remain high. This language would do irreparable harm to our industry’s recovery. Because of the incredibly competitive hiring landscape, there is not a domestic workforce to draw upon to take these part time, seasonal jobs making the H-2B program even more critical for businesses that utilize it. Further this provision would benefit those industries not impacted by the pandemic. 
 
I have attached the H-2B Workforce Coalition letter which outlines our opposition to these provisions. 
 
Finally, I urge you to call your Representative today and ask him or her to urge the House Appropriations Committee leadership and their Party Leadership to remove Sections 116, 117 and 118 of Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, HHS Appropriations Bill.  You can reach your Representative through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office, please ask to speak to the staff person who handles Department of Labor appropriations.
 
We will continue to work to have this harmful language removed as the bill makes its way to the floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives. In addition, we have begun discussions with members of the Senate appropriations committee to endeavor to ensure that similar language is not included in their version of the Labor H appropriations bill.
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