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Posts May 7, 2014

First Contract Brings Growth to Phoenix Airport

On May 1, about 700 workers with SSP America at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport ratified their first union contract, growing coverage at the airport from 950 workers to over 1600 airport foodservice workers. The contract raises our standard at Sky Harbor, with substantial raises every six months of the three-year contract; the opportunity to participate […]

Posts November 18, 2013

UNITE HERE Amtrak Member Testifies Before Congress

Dwayne Bateman, UNITE HERE Local 43 Vice General Chairman and 35-year Amtrak food and beverage employee, testified on Capitol Hill Thursday against Congressional Republicans’ attempts to privatize Amtrak’s food and beverage operations that would eliminate good, living-wage, American jobs. ‘When I joined Amtrak, I had no expectation this job would make me a rich man. […]

Posts October 24, 2013

UNITE HERE joins thousands in Illinois to push for marriage equality

On Valentine’s Day, the Illinois Senate, with Governor Pat Quinn’s support, approved Senate Bill 11–the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.” However, the bill never passed the Illinois House of Representatives. Now, Illinois residents and UNITE HERE members are taking action. On October 22, thousands across the state traveled to the state capital to march […]

Posts July 15, 2013

UNITE HERE Local 8 members and students stand up for LGBT rights

In 2014, marriage equality will be on the ballot in Oregon, and members of UNITE HERE Local 8 have become a driving force for marriage equality and transgender healthcare in their state. They stand proudly in solidarity with Oregon Pride at Work—an organization of community groups fighting for equal rights on shop floors, under the […]

Posts April 27, 2006

New Study Reveals Hotel Housekeeper Work is Dangerous

A new study released this week titled, “Creating Luxury, Enduring Pain” couples new research with the stories of hotel housekeepers to paint a dramatic picture of the work of a hotel housekeeper. Findings show that behind the luxury and comfort that housekeepers provide for hotel guests is a pattern of persistent pain and injury. The […]