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April 23, 2018
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UNITE HERE Union Hotel Workers Who Won Groundbreaking Sexual Harassment Protections, Named TIME Magazine 2017 Person of the Year, Appeared on ABC 20/20 with Diane Sawyer
UNITE HERE union members shared both their own stories of workplace harassment, and how their union empowered them to win new protections
What: UNITE HERE union hotel workers from multiple cities appeared on an ABC Dateline 20/20 special sexual harassment investigation episode with Diane Sawyer
When: Friday, April 20th, 10pm EST
Where: ABC 20/20; Watch online at here.
Who: UNITE HERE hotel workers from cities where our hotel workers took on the rampant sexual harassment in the hospitality industry and won, securing cutting edge sexual harassment protections
Why: As our sisters in the movie industry drove national attention to sexual harassment in the workplace this fall, it sparked greater attention on the serious vulnerability of working class and tipped wage workers to this issue in their own workplaces. At UNITE HERE, we’ve long known that sexual harassment at work for hospitality workers was at a crisis point. That’s why we’ve been leading and winning campaigns for cutting edge sexual harassment protections in cities across the U.S. for the past six years.
Rank-and-file women in UNITE HERE have led the labor movement in addressing sexual harassment for private sector service workers for years, and we are proud to have member leaders included in this Diane Sawyer special episode to share both their own stories of workplace harassment, as well as the solutions for it that our union has been pioneering. The greatest protection any woman has from sexual harassment on the job is a union, and we applaud the courage of our UNITE HERE workers across the country who have broken the silence long before the national conversation caught up to them. We hope that more women will fight for dignity in their workplace by organizing to achieve greater power.
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.