100,000 Food Service Members—And Growing!
UNITE HERE has been organizing waiters, waitresses, cooks, and bartenders since we first received our charter as the Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Alliance in 1891.
From fast food to high-end banquets, UNITE HERE members are changing food systems by advocating for real, sustainable, and fair food and creating better jobs for those who prepare and serve it.
Our members are food service workers in corporate cafeterias, airports, universities, public school districts, sports stadiums, event centers, amusement parks, cultural institutions, and national parks, as well as tens of thousands of restaurant workers inside hotels and casinos.
- Hospitality at halftime: Almost half of all major league teams of the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL have UNITE HERE members working in their stadium. Your beer man might also be a union man or woman!
- We feed you when you fly: Through terminal concessions and in-flight catering, UNITE HERE members feed travelers in more than 75 of the largest airports in the U.S. and Canada.
- Home cooking on campus: From community colleges to the Ivy League, students at more than 125 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada eat their meals thanks to UNITE HERE members in their dining halls.
- A national legacy: For 50 years, UNITE HERE members have served meals to hungry people working for the U.S. government, including at the Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol, State Department, and the FBI.
Real Food Real Jobs
Through the initiative called Real Food Real Jobs, UNITE HERE has partnered with students to tackle issues in campus food systems, including worker rights, sustainable food initiatives, and transparency in university food service contracting.
Students and workers at Yale University teamed up and won more healthy food options in the dining halls and the materials and staff needed to prepare and serve them.
UNITE HERE members have also expanded students’ access to freshly-prepared food. Their campaigns have helped eliminate pre-packaged and frozen meals from hundreds of K-12 school cafeterias in the U.S.