The hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE, commends the House of Representatives on passing the For the People Act (H.R. 1), adding on to the Equality Act and the American Rescue Plan to mark a historic 10 day-span for sweeping legislation moved by our United States Congress.
The right to vote is foundational to advancing and protecting all other rights for workers. Right now, the For The People Act is more vital than ever to safeguarding our Democracy and ensuring that every eligible American has the freedom to vote. In 2020, we saw just how far some are willing to go to put up barriers to silence many of our voices. But we showed how working people can overcome the odds and win—by taking to the streets and talking to voters one-by-one.
In Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and then later in Georgia for the Senate runoff, we knocked on millions of doors and heard firsthand the frustration that so many voters feel about a system rigged against them. By talking with voters at their front doors we cut through the noise and encouraged them to vote despite all the obstacles.
The For The People Act would be a major step toward reducing political corruption, ensuring fair elections, and restoring our faith in democracy. In guaranteeing the freedom to vote for millions of Americans, this sweeping bill is a powerful vehicle for working people to have their voices heard, so that together we can tackle deepening income inequality and rebuild our economy with workers at the center.