name= UNITE HERE
Change to Win Coalition, CLC
full_name= UNITE HERE
New York City
Bruce S. Raynor, president, John W. Wilhelm, president Hospitality
website= [http://www.unitehere.org/ www.unitehere.org]
footnotes= UNITE HERE is a labor union with more than 465,000 active members in the
United Statesand Canada, predominantly in the hotel, food service, appareland textile manufacturing, laundry, warehouse, and casino gaming industries. The union was formed in 2004by the merger of UNITE (formerly the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees) and HERE (Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union).
The general president of UNITE HERE is
Bruce S. Raynor, and the president of UNITE HERE's hospitality division is John W. Wilhelm. Wilhelm shares executive, budgetary, and personnel authority with Raynor.
2005, UNITE HERE withdrew from the AFL-CIOand joined the Change to Win Coalition, along with several other unions, including the Teamsters, SEIUand the UFCW. UNITE HERE Vice-President Edgar Romneywas elected the first secretary-treasurer of the new labor federation.
UNITE HERE has fought for substantial wage increases for workers in the traditionally low-paid hotel and tourism sector.
Major UNITE HERE hotel contracts in
Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Honoluluand Chicagoexpired in 2006, raising the possibility of a multi-city strike to support the union's collective bargaining objectives. Contracts were settled in all cities -- including San Francisco, which had been expired since 2004 -- with the exception of Los Angeles.
Prominent celebrities such as actor
Danny Glover, Rage Against the Machineguitarist Tom Morello, Reverend Jesse Jackson, former U.S. Senator and Democratic Party Presidential candidate John Edwards, and current Democratic Party candidate Barack Obamahave endorsed UNITE HERE's 2006 contract campaign.
1987, graduate student teaching assistants(TAs) at Yale Universityhave been trying to organize a union, first affiliated with HERE and now with UNITE HERE. UNITE HERE represents two other groups of employees on campus: clerical and technical employees who are members of UNITE HERE Local 34, and service and maintenance employees who are members of UNITE HERE Local 35. The Yale TAs' organization is now called the Graduate Employees and Students Organization(GESO), and along with the other UNITE HERE locals at Yale, is affiliated to the Federation of Hospital and University Employees. To date, Yale has refused to recognize or bargain with GESO.
Political & Legal action
UNITE HERE has also been affiliated with various political causes, such as the anti-Iraq war and pro-immigration rights movements. On May 6th UNITE HERE sanctioned affiliation with a pro - immigration rally (which followed the "Day Without a Mexican" protest) in Malcolm X Park in Washington, DC. The union also participates in protests against the Iraq war.
Culinary Workers Union
Hotel Workers Rising
Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union(HERE)
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees(UNITE)
Change to Win Federation
* [http://www.unitehere.org/ UNITE HERE International Union]
* [http://www.unitehere.ca/ UNITE HERE Canada]
* [http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/ Hotel Workers Rising] (2006 contract campaign website)
*Harold Meyerson, [http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=7233 "United Front,"] American Prospect 2/27/04
*Harold Meyerson, [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/17/AR2006011700936.html "Taking On The Hotels,"] Washington Post 1/18/2006
* [http://www.yaleunions.org/ Federation of Hospital & University Employees] (association of unions at Yale University)
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