We are the 300,000 North American hospitality and food service members of UNITE HERE. 98% of us were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are cooks, servers, bartenders, housekeepers, and stadium and airport food service workers; we are women, immigrants and people of color. Existing racial and economic disparities leave us experiencing higher outcomes of COVID-19-related infections and deaths.
We believe that we shouldn’t have to risk our health, life, or the health and lives of our family members, for a paycheck. UNITE HERE has released extensive guidelines for the safe reopening of hotels, casinos and food service outlets that we believe every employer should follow to maintain a safe environment for both guests and workers. The future of the hospitality industry depends on ensuring that our hotels and casinos are safe places to sleep, meet, and eat. Our Clean Hospitality Checklist will protect workers, guests, and the tourism economy in the long haul.
We are committed to ensuring that all workers in our industries have the financial relief needed to support their families through the global pandemic and resulting economic crisis. We educate ourselves with the latest health and safety resources. And we stand united to enforce our rights on the job so that all of us can experience a safe return to our workplaces.