“Who in their right mind is going to take a $5 cut, in this day and age when groceries [are] expensive, gasoline is expensive, you know? the worker, whose name is withheld to protect his anonymity, said The New Republic hours before the agreement prevented the layoffs. “To me, that’s an insult. It’s so disrespectful.
The worker also pointed out that while Restaurant Associates cited dwindling customer numbers as the reason for laying off workers, the Hill is still in the process of fully reopening. The full Capitol complex, which includes the iconic building and grounds as well as the surrounding House and Senate office buildings, is not expected to fully reopen until September. “Everyone is back to normal,” the employee said. “They go back to work. The restaurants are open, the schools… People go back to work, but we get fired.
That argument could gain traction among Republican senators pushing for a faster reopening. “The plan to slowly open buildings over the next six months will not restore business to normal levels and as a result, dozens of restaurant workers will sadly be laid off this month,” the Republican senator wrote. Mike Braun in a letter Tuesday to Majority. Chief Chuck Schumer, a copy of which was obtained by The New Republic.