On April 17, UNITE HERE Local 355 members kicked off the 2010 "Sleep With the Right People" campaign at the 2nd Annual Miami Beach Pride Festival. The festival was a huge success, with event organizers estimating over 20,000 in attendance. Hundreds of event participants signed pledge cards and wore stickers declaring their commitment to workers and the LGBT community.
Local 355 member Gregg P. McEllin, a banquet server at the Fontainebleau Hotel, was excited to be a part of the effort. "Every person I met was proud to see our union collaborating with the LGBT community through the Sleep With the Right People campaign. And I was especially proud that so many in the LGBT community are pledging to say no to anti-worker hotels."
Over 25 UNITE HERE locals are participating in PRIDE events this spring and summer. To read more about the campaign, go to www.sleepwiththerightpeople.org.