The UNITE HERE Hotel Workers Rising campaign represents an effort to empower thousands of hotel workers employed in cities across North America as they work to improve their jobs and secure better lives for themselves and their families. In recent decades, the hotel industry has transformed from locally owned and operated businesses, into one that is dominated by multimillion dollar national and international corporations. Hotel companies such as Hilton and Marriott are present in every major city, and employ hundreds of thousands of workers. These workers–largely minority and immigrant women–work hard to create a welcoming home away from home for business travelers and tourists. But still they find it difficult to realize the American Dream. The injuries and pain caused by inhumane workloads, coupled with low wages and reduced healthcare and other benefits, mean that these workers cannot break out of poverty.
But these workers are fighting back! Hotel workers are uniting across North America to send a message to hotel companies: We are determined to make our jobs safer, middle-class jobs on which we can support our families. This year, hotel workers across the United States and Canada will be asking for support from community leaders, union members, and allies to help them improve their lives. Beginning with a campaign kick-off tour of several cities in the United States this February, the Hotel Workers Rising campaign will invite people from all walks of life to join this important movement.
Go to www.hotelworkersrising.org to read recent news coverage, as well as to take action!