Coronavirus: Mall of America hotel laying off nearly 100 workers

The Radisson Hotel Group earlier this month laid off workers from its downtown Minneapolis hotel.
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Radisson Hotel Group is permanently laying off more workers in Minnesota due to a loss in business caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Minnetonka-based hotel group is laying off roughly 95 employees at Radisson Blu - MOA in Bloomington on Nov. 30, according to a WARN letter sent to the state, which is required by law when there are mass layoffs. 

Earlier this month, it said it was laying off more than 120 workers from its downtown Minneapolis hotel. 

The company is laying off these employees due to a "catastrophic loss of business" on a nationwide scale due to the pandemic, the letter states. 

Radisson adds that public health concerns have "significantly reduced travel" as people are urged to stay home to slow the spread of the virus, coupled with some local governments issuing orders requiring some businesses to close. 

The employees who are being laid off hold a variety of positions at the hotel, including banquet workers, bartenders, bell attendants, accounting clerks, chefs, concierges, cooks, linen runners, servers, marketing and social media coordinator, HR staff, security personnel, servers, sales managers, among others. 

According to the WARN letter, some of the positions are represented by the Unite Hire Local 17 and AFL-CIO unions. Meanwhile, non-union, full-time employees are eligible for severance and employees will be paid for unused vacation time.

The Radisson Hotel Group is the latest employer in the travel industry to announce mass layoffs in Minnesota amid the pandemic. Hudson News earlier this month said it was laying off 61 workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. HMSHost told the state in August it would be laying off 404 employees, and in July Aero Service Group (ASG), based in St. Louis Park, informed the state that it would have to layoff up to 92 people due to the pandemic and a decline in air traffic. 

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