For immediate release
September 10, 2021
“UNITE HERE affiliates across the country have adopted innovative approaches to promote vaccination and counter misinformation. Through UNITE HERE’s “Our Shot” program, our union has applied the principles of any good organizing drive to reach over 675,000 hospitality workers, their families, and neighbors by meeting our multiracial, largely immigrant membership where they’re at — in the workplace, in their neighborhoods, and at food distributions — and speaking to them in ten languages.
“We’ve talked to UNITE HERE members about the issues they care about, emphasizing that vaccination is a part of our Union’s ongoing fight for access to quality health care, that it’s a critical way for frontline workers to protect their families, and that it’s key to rebuilding the hospitality industry and getting back to work.
“The ‘Our Shot’ campaign is carried by trusted messengers — the Union itself, local elected officers, and rank-and-file leaders on a workplace-by-workplace basis. And we have directly acknowledged the history of medical racism and recognized our members’ need to be informed about the science and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, while having the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns. We partnered with medical professionals and public health experts to host countless local and union-wide virtual forums and town halls, and to produce infographics and fact sheets to both share on social media and in the shop.
“Today, as vaccine mandates by employers spread to more and more workplaces, UNITE HERE is supporting these measures to ensure safer workplaces and is working toward ensuring that these policies are enacted fairly, including protections for workers with medical or religious exemptions.”