Hundreds of UNITE HERE members in 17 cities across the U.S. participated in LGBT Pride events in the month of June as part of our union’s Sleep With The Right People campaign. Together, we have signed up over 3,000 people at Pride events onto pledges to "Sleep With The Right People"–that is, patronize union hotels whenever possible and steer clear of hotels with active boycotts.
We have also raised awareness about Hyatt, a company that is anti-worker and anti-gay. Hyatt is in partnership with Doug Manchester, the owner of the Grand Hyatt in San Diego and one of the worst enemies of the LGBT community. He provided seed money to fuel the initiative to ban gay marriage in California. While Hyatt courts an LGBT customer base, the company refuses to condemn Manchester’s actions. Leaders of the LGBT community and UNITE HERE have launched a boycott of this hotel, and together we have cost the company millions of dollars in business. With 3,000 more people added to our list of supporters, our outreach to customers about Hyatt and many other campaigns will be that much stronger. For more information, visit SleepWithTheRightPeople.org or join us on the Sleep With The Right People Facebook page for more news and updates.