For immediate release
December 28, 2020
Meeting to Take Form of Car Rally Calling for Long-Term Pandemic Relief and Food Distribution for Laid-Off Union Members
MEDIA ADVISORY for Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 10:00amET
Who: Union hotel housekeepers, cooks, airport and other food service workers; candidate for U.S. Senate Rev. Raphael Warnock; community allies
What: Membership meeting of UNITE HERE members from Atlanta with car rally featuring speakers, chants, and music; followed by food distribution for laid-off Georgia hospitality workers
Where: Starlight Drive In, 2000 Moreland Avenue SE Atlanta, GA
When: Tuesday, December 29 at 10:00amET
Visuals: Cars with union flags and messages calling for pandemic relief, GA residents with candidate Rev. Warnock; Food Distribution line with the assistance of local politicians
As the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns rage on, the Georgia Senate runoff on January 5th has major implications for the lives and livelihoods of working people and their families, both in Georgia and throughout the country. Right now, Congress has the opportunity to pass new COVID relief legislation: a long-awaited response to the ongoing pandemic that, while welcomed, was described by some workers as “too little, too late.”
The hospitality industry, which includes hotel, airport, and food service industries, has been among the hardest-hit in the pandemic, and will be among the slowest to recover. UNITE HERE Local 23 represents hospitality workers in Georgia, and more than 75% of its members remain out of work. At a first-of-its-kind state membership meeting, Local 23 members from Atlanta and Columbus will host Candidate for U.S. Senate Rev. Raphael Warnock and express the urgent need for a Senate that will work to pass long-term comprehensive legislation including job and safety protections, economic relief, and health care.
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 in the United States.