Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Members of UNITE HERE Local 17 Say ‘No’ to Facism, White Supremacy in Their Union

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Members of UNITE HERE Local 17 Say ‘No’ to Facism, White Supremacy in Their Union

UNITE HERE Local 17
UNITE HERE Local 17

During the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread protests in response to the killing of George Floyd, working people across the United States have stepped up to help out their friends, neighbors and communities. In our new Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of those stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Members of UNITE HERE Local 17 in Minnesota adopted a resolution last week that excludes members of facist or white supremacist organizations from their union. The resolution states: “The majority of our members are immigrants, people of color or LGBTQ. We are proud to be a diverse union, [and] we know diversity is our strength.” Local 17, led by President Christa Mello (front row, center), represents thousands of hospitality workers in and around Minneapolis, where George Floyd was tragically killed. The Sioux Falls AFL-CIO in South Dakota has passed a similar resolution.

Kenneth Quinnell
Wed, 06/17/2020 – 10:43

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Updated: June 25, 2020 — 12:04 pm