Hospitality Workers Call on Broward County Commissioners to Ensure Their Return When Business Comes Back

Now is the time to create more middle-class Union jobs in the South, not eliminate them. MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MONDAY, APRIL 12 Contact: MJ Leira, (917) 565-7697, [email protected] WHO: Laid off hospitality workers from the Diplomat Beach Resort WHAT: Laid off employees fight to get their jobs back by talking to residents in Broward County. […]

Crowded Spring Break Presents Pandemic Risk

MEDIA ADVISORY for Thursday, March 25 MJ Leira, [email protected] (917) 565-7697 Hospitality Workers Union Launches National Effort to Register Laid-Off Workers for Health Care Coverage through the American Rescue Plan WHO: UNITE HERE Local 355 laid-off hospitality workers alongside community allies. WHAT: National launch to register workers for 100% COBRA coverage under President Biden’s American […]

On the One-Year Anniversary of the Pandemic Hundreds of Hospitality Workers Remain Out of Work

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 12, 2021 MJ Leira, [email protected] Diplomat Beach Resort Workers Demand Their Jobs Back as the Hotel Prepares for a Tourism Come Back Without Its Long-Term Workers DOWNLOAD PHOTOS AND VIDEOS HERE  HOLLYWOOD, FL—March marks one year since COVID-19 left millions of Americans out of work. For hospitality workers across South […]

Hospitality Workers Fight to Keep their Jobs Ahead of the Holiday Season

Labor Union to distribute gifts to 700 workers and their families laid off during COVID-19 MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Wendi Walsh [email protected] (305) 934-7373 WHO: Over 700 UNITE HERE Local 355 laid off hospitality workers alongside Miami Gardens City Council member Reggie Leon, and allies. WHAT: Holiday giveaway of supermarket gift cards and holiday presents ranging […]

Statement from Wendi Walsh UNITE HERE Florida Political Director re declared victory for Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Contact: MJ Leira, 917-565-7697, [email protected] “Since August we’ve pushed to get out the vote for Mayor-Elect Daniella Levine Cava, with more than 160 canvassers going door to door every day and more than 800,000 pieces of literature sent out to support her campaign. Our team dedicated over 36,315 hours to […]

UNITE HERE hospitality workers close Election Day having knocked on over 450,000 doors in Florida  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Contact: MJ Leira, 917-565-7697, [email protected] Union members, many unemployed due to COVID-19, form largest door-to-door canvass operation in battleground state of Florida.     FLORIDA—Over 300 hotel housekeepers, dishwashers, cooks, and casino attendants knocked on over 450,000 doors statewide closing this Election Day, doing their part to win the election […]

UNITE HERE Florida, States Largest Canvassing Organization, Gains Momentum in Final Stretch of 2020 Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Monday, October 26, 2020 Contact: MJ Leira, [email protected], (917) 565-7697   FLORIDA—In the past weeks, UNITE HERE Florida has grown in efforts to mobilize voters in South and Central Florida with over 1,000 laid off hospitality workers now committed to get out the vote for Joe Biden.   In 2016, Donald Trump won Florida by […]

UNITE HERE Florida political canvassing operations kick-off in Central and South Florida

Unions host multi-city press conference, PPE distribution caravan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Contact: MJ Leira, [email protected]   FLORIDA—UNITE HERE Florida kicked-off its effort to mobilize voters in South and Central Florida with a multi-city virtual press conference followed by PPE distribution caravans in both Central and South Florida. At the caravans, canvassers received […]

UNITE HERE Florida to kick-off political canvassing operations in Central and South Florida with multi-city press conference, PPE distribution caravan

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Contact: MJ Leira, [email protected], (917) 565-7697 WHO:  Wendi Walsh, UNITE HERE Florida Political Director and Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 355 Jeremy Haicken, UNITE HERE Local 737 President 200 UNITE HERE Florida political canvassers.   WHEN: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 9am and 11am   WHAT: UNITE HERE Florida virtual […]

Laid Off Hospitality Workers Got Out the Vote for Florida’s Primary Elections

Miami, FL— In March, almost all of the 33,000 hospitality workers represented by UNITE HERE Florida were laid off due to COVID-19.  Most remain laid off five months later.  Over these months, Florida’s hourly workers were largely abandoned by their elected leaders, left struggling to access unemployment benefits and health insurance, and fearing for their […]