For immediate release
September 13, 2020
WHAT: Virtual town hall to discuss what’s at stake in the 2020 election, UNITE HERE’s efforts to get voters to the polls, and the impact that the pandemic has had on hospitality workers and their families. Building on their track record of historic wins in red states, UNITE HERE members and leadership will also outline the union’s plans to “Take Back 2020” for the Democratic nominees, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, in both key swing states of Nevada, Arizona, and Florida, and beyond.
WHO: Senator Kamala Harris; UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor; UNITE HERE General Vice President Nia Winston (UNITE HERE Local 24, Detroit); and Hospitality Workers from Arizona, Florida and Nevada. Facilitated by UNITE HERE Secretary-Treasurer Gwen Mills.
WHEN: Monday, September 14 at 2:45pmET
WHERE: Zoom; all press must register — Click here to RSVP.
At the peak of the pandemic, over 98% of UNITE HERE members were unemployed, and 80% are still out of work today. Union members and workers across the country counted on elected officials for support in the form of expanded unemployment benefits, protection of health insurance, and swift response to control spread of the virus. Instead, millions were left to fend for themselves while Donald Trump and his cronies bailed out corporations.
Now UNITE HERE is revving up to “Take Back 2020.” The American people need a President and Vice President who are committed to working with us to make our workplaces better, protect our union health insurance, implement immigration reform, stand up to sexual harassment, and take meaningful, transformative steps to dismantle the scourge of systemic racism in our country.
Prior to the pandemic, UNITE HERE made a commitment to build on its proven track record of electoral successes to defeat Donald Trump. Now, despite setbacks, we remain steadfast in that commitment to elect leaders who will bring stability and jobs back to our country by moving forward with major grassroots efforts to win back key swing states of Nevada, Arizona, Florida and beyond.