For immediate release
January 7, 2021
Statement from UNITE HERE: “THIS is What Democracy Looks Like”
THIS is what Democracy looks like.
It’s Joyce. Hannah. Melissa. Ron.
And 1000 other UNITE HERE canvassers and so many more,
who in the face of loss and white nationalist terrorists
Nevertheless … persisted.
Knocking on millions of doors.
Sharing their stories. Of grief. Of survival. Of hope.
Inspiring thousands of people to vote their conscience.
To vote for change.
And in so doing, we are taking back our country.
Building on the work of our allies, we took back the Senate by winning two 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.
Today, let’s not forget this labor and what we have achieved together to create a more perfect Union.
Today, we celebrate the power of our solidarity and what we have done together to keep the spirit of Democracy alive.
— D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE and Gwen Mills, Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE
UNITE HERE has over 300,000 members working in the North American hospitality industry. Over 75% of its members are still out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, down from a peak of 98%. During the 2020 presidential election UNITE HERE ran the largest union door-to-door canvassing operation in the United States.