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April 10, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton, Key Hyundai cut staff due to coronavirus pandemic

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Key Hyundai are the latest employers to inform state labor officials they each laid off or furloughed more than 60 employees due to an “unprecedented” loss of business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Windsor Locks hotel, located near Bradley International Airport at 16 Ella T. Grasso Turnpike, has temporarily furloughed 63 employees as of Monday, general manager Yvonne deAngeli said in a letter to the state Department of Labor (DOL).

That represents more than half of the hotel’s staff, which are not part of a union, deAngeli said.

According to the layoff notice filed Monday with DOL, the initial round of furloughs at the hotel impacted room and laundry attendants, bartenders, stewards, banquet servers, cooks and front-desk staff, among others.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled our company’s business and businesses around the country… ,” said deAngeli.

Meantime, Key Hyundai in a letter to DOL said it’s laying off 25 employees in Vernon and 37 in Milford. A list of employees impacted by the layoffs, none of which are represented by a union, were not provided in the letter. While the letter described the action as permanent, Key owner and president Jeffrey Miriam said Friday that he intends to bring the employees back once the pandemic is over, and said the company continues to pay its portion of their health insurance. 

Since March 13, more than 302,000 unemployment claims have been filed with DOL, which says it’s processed about 133,000 and has paid out $35 million to 104,000 individuals.

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