More Than 1,000 UNITE HERE Hospitality Workers Rally for Warnock

On Tuesday, more than 1,000 cooks, bartenders, servers, housekeepers and concessions workers held a car rally with the Rev. Raphael Warnock, calling for change in the U.S. Senate. Speakers included Georgia AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming and Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council President James Williams, with dozens of labor allies on the ground in attendance. As the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdown wear on, the Senate runoff has major implications for the lives and livelihoods of workers and their families both in Georgia and throughout the country.

“For months, the Republican Senate stood in the way of relief legislation that would support workers—among them the 75% of UNITE HERE members in Georgia who remain unemployed,” Warnock said. “I will change that and work to pass long-term comprehensive COVID relief legislation that includes job and safety protections, economic relief and health care. And when we recover from this pandemic, I will continue standing with UNITE HERE and the broader labor movement to support workers’ fundamental rights to organize and work safely.”

“The amount of time it took for both Congress and the president to sign this most recent pandemic relief bill, and now the squabbling over increasing stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000, only underscores the need to end Republican control of the Senate,” said UNITE HERE Secretary-Treasurer Gwen Mills. “UNITE HERE is proud to support Warnock and Ossoff for Senate, because working people are hurting. Our union’s members and workers across the country need legislators who will work for them, both in this time of pandemic and into the future.”