For immediate release
October 19, 2017
Serving Our Country: Fastest Growing Private Sector AFL-CIO Union Organizes in Face of Trump Attacks with 40+ City Mobilization of Service Workers
Tens of Thousands of UNITE HERE Hospitality Workers Across North America Take Action, Including Strikes, Marches and More for Justice at Work and Beyond
Follow the action at #unitehere
New York, NY – Today thousands of hospitality workers who serve their country in hotels, casinos, and airports across North America are holding demonstrations in over 40 cities for worker and immigrant justice in a political moment defined by divisive attacks against both groups by the Trump administration and its allies.
From Washington, DC to San Francisco, New Orleans to New Haven, Boston to Missoula, and Ottawa to Las Vegas, hospitality workers who serve their country every day in a literal sense are once again serving their country today by raising their voice for justice.
Says UNITE HERE President D. Taylor: “We are in a political age where immigrants, women, and all workers are under constant attack, and equality for all is at risk of being no more than just a dream. I’m proud that UNITE HERE hospitality workers serve their country every day by fighting for better standards for all workers, winning new protections for immigrant workers in this age of constant attacks on races and religions, mobilizing for real political power, and holding the richest corporations in the world accountable. Unions serve their country as a crucial answer in the fight against deepening racial and economic inequality in our country. Today is only the beginning of what UNITE HERE will do to take back our country.”
Actions today will include strikes, public announcement of new union organizing campaigns, civil disobedience, and other forms of workplace action where hospitality workers are organizing. Employers that will be featured in Oct. 19 actions include Disney, Marriott, Caesars, Google (where thousands of food service workers are employed by a subcontractor), top airline companies and more. Every day, UNITE HERE members serve their country in the $180 billion hospitality industry by making hotel beds, serving meals in cafeterias in the nation’s top tech companies and universities, and delivering food for airline passengers in 100° heat; and by raising the standards for all Americans, union or not.
UNITE HERE represents 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at www.unitehere.org