Hundreds of working people from around the country -” members of unions that together represent nearly six million workers -” came together to create a new labor federation dedicated to ensuring that hard work is once again valued in the US and around the world. Change to Win, comprised of UNITE HERE and six other unions, will be a lean organization focusing more than 75% of its budget on organizing working people.
Over the course of its day-long founding convention, delegates ratified a constitution and structure, and passed resolutions on organizing, diversity, and politics. Anna Burger was officially designated as chair of the new federation, the first time in American history that a woman has headed a labor federation. Edgar Romney, Executive Vice President of UNITE HERE and Manager of NY Metropolitan Area Joint Board, was chosen as the secretary-treasurer of the federation, the first time an African-American has headed an American labor federation. In addition, workers shared firsthand their struggles to ensure that their jobs pay enough to support a family, offer quality, affordable health care, and a retirement with dignity.