Choose union hotels, It will make a long-term difference in the hospitality rebound

April 2021

Choose union hotels, It will make a long-term difference in the hospitality rebound

A new article by Molly Redden, titled, The Workers Hit Hardest By The Pandemic Are In For The Longest Recoverysheds light on how hospitality workers will continue impacted by the pandemic even in the rebound.

“Even as the U.S. economy starts to rev up again, it’s likely that those who have suffered the most and the longest during the coronavirus pandemic – namely, Black and Latino workers – will be some of the last to recover.”[1]

UNITE HERE is the hospitality workers union in North America. 75% of our 300,000 members are currently laid off, down from 95% this time last year. We are predominantly women and people of color, and we hail from all corners of the planet. Together, we are building a movement to enable people of all backgrounds to achieve greater equality and opportunity.

Over the last year, our union has stepped up to support hospitality workers through food drives and assistance in applying for unemployment, fighting for recall and retention language in contracts and through ordinances, by canvassing voters in GOTV campaigns in the Presidential election and the Senate runoff in Georgia. Most recently we wrote and phone banked our Senators and House Representatives to make sure the American Relief Plan was passed, providing provides much needed enhancements to unemployment benefits, housing and food assistance, 100% subsidy of COBRA health care premiums, and expansion of child tax credits.

 

We have worked hard for decades to create good jobs in the hospitality industry, and we are not stopping. You can support us by staying at union hotels and casinos when you travel. Visit FairHotel.org for more information on where to stay.

 

[1] M. Redden, “The Workers Hit Hardest By The Pandemic Are In For The Longest Recovery”, HuffPost, 2021, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/black-latino-workers-covid-recession-recovery_n_60427634c5b60208555e6d04, (12 April 2021).