Marriott Furloughing Majority Of Corporate Staff

After furloughing tens of thousands of hotel employees Marriott is set to furlough two thirds of its corporate staff both from among its 4000 employees at corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland and abroad.

Marriott said the corporate staff furloughs would begin early next month and estimate that they will last 60 to 90 days. During that period, furloughed U.S. corporate employees will receive 20% of their salary, which can be put toward health care and other costs, the spokeswoman said. Corporate employees who stay on are subject to 20% pay cuts and reduced workweeks, the spokeswoman said.

While the American Hotel and Lodging Association was calling for a $250 billion bailout on Tuesday, in their most recent communique this weekend they were seeking expanded unemployment, for workers to keep their health care, and small business administration loans. That’s a quick scale-down of expectations.

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  1. very sad. as someone who was laid off during the 2009 recession, I know how devastating this can be. here’s hoping for a quick recovery.

  2. If things get as bad as Italy, I hope Marriot will consider using their hotels for temporary healthcare centers. We may very well need many more beds than our current healthcare system can support. In addition to beds, Marriott has the capability of feeding large numbers. This could be a way to keep some employees working while also generating priceless positive publicity.

  3. So Marriott wants us to bail the corporation out, while they abandon their workers. Unbelievable that they don’t care. And you can bet the top of the corporate jobs won’t be furloughed either.

  4. @Lew – as a Marriott associate, I can tell you we don’t feel abandoned. We are sad that we cannot welcome guests into our hotels, and hopeful we can go back in 2 or 3 months. We are a family.

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