For immediate release
September 30, 2021
Statement by UNITE HERE President D. Taylor on Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda
President Biden’s Build Back Better plan is one of the most transformative legislative efforts in American history, and Congress must do whatever it takes to ensure its full passage. Whether it is immigration reform, voting rights, labor law, or prescription drug prices—there is too much at stake for workers and families to leave anything off the table. We support any measure to achieve overdue reforms on these critical issues, including eliminating the filibuster.
As the Union of hospitality workers—housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, bellmen, food service workers—UNITE HERE’s industries were among the hardest hit by the pandemic and projected to be among the slowest to recover. It is precisely this reason why our members threw down as hard as we did for last November’s General Election and January’s Georgia Senate run-off: we had no other choice.
Thousands of out-of-work hospitality workers knocked on millions of doors of voters to elect the most pro-union administration in history and secure a Democratic-majority in both chambers because we needed the American Rescue Plan—and we got it.
Now, we call on our elected leadership to show up for us again as we did for them on Election Day. It is UNITE HERE’s immigrant members with TPS and DACA that need a pathway to citizenship, now. It is UNITE HERE’s low-wage hospitality workers that need lower prescription drug prices, now. It is UNITE HERE’s U.S. members that need the freedom to vote, now.
This is a membership that is predominantly Black and Brown women and immigrant workers—already the communities most devastated by the health and economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the very same people most impacted by a lack of action from Congress if the Build Back Better agenda gets nixed.
We may have defeated Trump from the White House, but we still have to defeat decades of a tilted playing field that favors the wealthy and powerful over the working-class—racial and economic inequality that UNITE HERE members fight against every day. And if we need more—and better—leadership on the Hill, then we have 2022 and beyond to fight to ensure that happens, too.