UNITE HERE is an organization of working people who believe that one job should be enough to provide for our families. We represent over 300,000 people across the United States and Canada working in the hospitality industry and beyond, and have been the fastest growing private-sector union in the United States. With UNITE HERE, housekeepers and cooks have achieved middle-class wages and top-notch health insurance in industries often defined by poverty wages and negligible benefits.
UNITE HERE has a widely recognized, decades-long track record organizing the people progressives need to vote. And while COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our members—with 98% laid off during the Spring 2020 peak of the pandemic and a slow recovery anticipated for the hospitality industry—during the 2020 presidential election UNITE HERE ran the largest union door-to-door canvassing operation in the United States.
It’s taken decades of organizing, marching, and striking to win the good pay, benefits, and dignity on the job we’ve earned for ourselves and our families. We boldly took back what’s ours by winning two Senate seats in Georgia in the heart of the South—just as we took back the Presidency through our hard work in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Prior to the pandemic, we made a commitment to build on proven GOTV successes in regions across North America because Donald Trump had failed us. As the pandemic spread,instead of supporting working people in the form of expanded unemployment benefits, protection of health insurance, and swift response to control spread of the virus, Trump and his cronies bailed out corporations.
UNITE HERE made a critical difference that helped drive the unprecedented turnout of the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 Georgia Senate races because we need people in power who are committed to working with us to make our workplaces better, protect our union health insurance, implement immigration reform, stand up to sexual harassment, and take meaningful, transformative steps to dismantle the scourge of systemic racism in our country.
As part of our Take Back 2020 campaign, 1,700 canvassers knocked on the doors of three million voters in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Florida. UNITE HERE continued this momentum with our Take Back the Senate campaign, where laid-off hospitality workers joined the team that turned Georgia blue to help deliver come-from-behind wins in the January 2021 Georgia Senate runoffs..
By the Numbers
- 3 million doors were knocked by UNITE HERE canvassers in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Florida
- 462,135 infrequent voters pledged to vote for Biden/Harris via a conversation with a UNITE HERE canvasser
- Over two-thirds of our conversations were with voters of color
- 10 million phone numbers were dialed by UNITE HERE phone bankers
- 1.5 million doors were knocked by UNITE HERE canvassers in Georgia
- Each day union members had 15,000 face-to-face conversations with voters about the Senate runoffs
- UNITE HERE identified and made voting plans with 250,000 voters who supported Warnock/Ossoff