For immediate release
December 20, 2020
WHO: Stacey Abrams and over 600 UNITE HERE hospitality workers
WHAT: Zoom Virtual Rally
WHERE: Zoom. Media to RSVP here.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:00 am
WHY: More than 600 UNITE HERE laid-off hospitality workers have been canvassing to deliver the vote for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, aiming to knock on more than one million doors in Georgia. In conversations with voters, they stress the urgency needed to take back the Senate. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitality workers have dealt with job loss, a broken unemployment system, loss of healthcare, and now have a looming deadline of the CARES Act set to expire the day after Christmas. Workers and their families are out of money and out of food as the pandemic rages on, and at risk of losing their homes. The Senate must act immediately to pass legislation that provides provide meaningful relief, including extended enhanced unemployment benefits and health care.
In spite of the uphill battle housekeepers, cooks, bartenders and servers have faced since March, they’re continuing to fight back by ensuring that Georgians get out and vote early. While in Georgia, UNITE HERE is working with key allies on the ground, including Stacey Abrams.
UNITE HERE Local 23 is a labor union that represents 3,000 hospitality workers at military bases, hotels and the Atlanta Airport in Georgia. Through grassroots organizing they’ve been able to raise wages and gain crucial workplace protections.
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.