CHANGING Lives

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Pope Francis has captured the imagination of the whole world. He has certainly been a source of excitement for Roman Catholics. But he is more than just a religious leader. He is one of those “great souls” that transcends religion and nationality. He speaks of the dignity of every human person, and he reminds us that all of us in this world are connected to each other. He is a voice for people from every corner of the world, for people of faith and people of no faith, for immigrants, for workers, for all those in the world who suffer from a global economy that excludes and devalues millions of people. I believe he speaks to all of us at UNITE HERE and to our relationships and our values.

Recently in Bolivia Pope Francis said, “The future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of people and their ability to organize.”  (Sta, Cruz, Bolivia, 2015) Isn’t this at the very heart of our union’s belief? He said on another occasion, “Solidarity, this is a word that frightens the developed world. People try to avoid saying it. Solidarity to them is almost a bad word. But it is our word.”  (Rome, 2013) Isn’t he right on with that? Solidarity is our word.

And it’s not only what he says. Look at what he does. Pope Francis made the whole world pay attention to the plight of immigrants when he went to Lampedusa, an island in the Mediterranean near where thousands of immigrants have lost their lives seeking freedom and a chance to provide for their families. Another of his early visits was to a prison, reminding us of the high price of incarceration. On that same visit he washed the feet of prisoners, including men and women, Christians and non-Christians. He has visited with workers, with students, with families. Recently he greeted a Lesbian couple and extended his hands in blessing over them.  These are our people. These are the people our union is committed to support and defend.  He cares about the things we care about.

Many solidarity events, of course, are planned for Washington, New York and Philadelphia. But also across the country in many cities from September 23-25 there will be vigils of union workers, immigration advocates, environmental advocates, civic, community, and interfaith partners. These gatherings are an opportunity for UNITE HERE members to celebrate our values and show our support for Pope Francis.

I encourage you to join in local vigils and other gatherings. Check with your local advocacy partners to see what is already planned.  I encourage those who can to participate in any way you can in the events in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. I hope UNITE HERE will show Pope Francis he has friends and allies here in America.  Let’s stand in solidarity with Pope Francis and as he urges us, let us “never tire of working for a more just world.” (Brasil, 2013)

In Solidarity,

President D. Taylor

UNITE HERE

UNITE HERE Remembers and Honors those Lost on September 11

September 11, 2015

commemOn the 14th anniversary of September 11, 2001, UNITE HERE remembers all those who lost their lives on that tragic day. We hold especially close the memory of our 43 sisters and brothers from UNITE HERE Local 100 who died while working at Windows on the World, a restaurant located at the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

In memory of our fallen brothers and sisters at Windows on the World:

  • Sophia Buruwa Addo
  • Shabbir Ahmed
  • Antonio J. Alvarez
  • Telmo Alvear
  • Manuel O. Asitimbay
  • Samuel Ayala
  • Ivhan Luis Carpio Bautista
  • Jesus Cabezas
  • Manuel Gregorio Chavez
  • Mohammed S. Chowdhury
  • Jose De Pena
  • Nancy Diaz
  • Henry Fernandez
  • Lucille Virgen Francis
  • Enrique A. Gomez
  • Jose B. Gomez
  • Wilder Gomez
  • Ysidro Hidalgo Tejada
  • John Holland
  • Francois Jean-Pierre
  • Eliezer Jimenez Jr.
  • Abdoulaye Kone
  • Victor Kwarkye
  • Jeffrey Latouche
  • Lebardo Lopez
  • Jan Maciejewski
  • Manuel Mejia
  • Antonio Melendez
  • Nana Akwasi Minkah
  • Martin Morales
  • Blanca Morocho
  • Jerome Nedd
  • Juan Nieves Jr.
  • Jose R. Nunez
  • Isidro Ottenwalder
  • Jesus Ovalles
  • Victor Paz Gutierrez
  • Alejo Perez
  • Moises Rivas
  • David B. Rodriguez Vargas
  • Gilbert Ruiz
  • Juan Salas
  • Abdoul Karim Traore

The families and coworkers of those mostly immigrant workers talk about their loss, their dreams, and their challenges in the movie “Windows.”

RESULTS OF LOCAL 100 ELECTION – MAY 20th, 2015

The Local 100 Election of Officers was held on Wednesday, May 20th. President Bill Granfield was re-elected. Secretary-Treasurer Jose Maldonado who ran unopposed holds his position as Secretary- Treasurer of Local 100. Michael Garabito from Patina @ Met Opera was elected as a new Trustee. The following Trustees, who ran unopposed; hold their positions as well: Hamdy Elamrousy from Gallagher’s Steak House and Eduardo Scarlett from Convene.

The following were elected as new members of the Executive Board:

Ray Bellaran- Legends @ Prudential and Delaware North @ Met Life Stadium
Richard Brown- Barclays Center
Michael Perez – Compass R.A. @ N.Y. Times,
Antwain Harvey – HMS Host at Newark Airport
Cynthia Patterson- Montclair State
Francisco Espinal- SSP Terminal 4 @ JFK

The following were re-elected as Executive Board members:

Timothy Cremin- Westchester Hills Golf Club
Andrew Larrier- Madison Square Garden
John Papaliberios- 21 Club
Betty Montano- Aramark @ Bank of NY
Juan Concepción- Compass @ Credit Suisse
Jose Massone-Yankee Stadium
Gloria Harris – Aramark @ CBS
Emilio Pina – Culinart @ Con Edison
Rafael Lugo- Aramark @ New York Life
Evelyn Ponce – Compass @ Pfizer

All of the above members are elected for a three year term.

UNITE HERE! Endorses Bill de Blasio

UNITE HERE! Local 100 backs Bill de Blasio in his run for mayor of NYC!

 Click here to read coverage in the NY Daily News.

UNITE HERE Remembers and Honors those Lost on September 11

On the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001, UNITE HERE remembers all those who lost their lives on that tragic day.  We hold especially close the memory of our 43 sisters and brothers from UNITE HERE Local 100 who died while working at Windows on the World, a restaurant located at the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. 

In memory of our fallen brothers and sisters at Windows on the World:

  • Sophia Buruwa Addo
  • Shabbir Ahmed
  • Antonio J. Alvarez
  • Telmo Alvear
  • Manuel O. Asitimbay
  • Samuel Ayala
  • Ivhan Luis Carpio Bautista
  • Jesus Cabezas
  • Manuel Gregorio Chavez
  • Mohammed S. Chowdhury
  • Jose De Pena
  • Nancy Diaz
  • Henry Fernandez
  • Lucille Virgen Francis
  • Enrique A. Gomez
  • Jose B. Gomez
  • Wilder Gomez
  • Ysidro Hidalgo Tejada
  • John Holland
  • Francois Jean-Pierre
  • Eliezer Jimenez Jr.
  • Abdoulaye Kone
  • Victor Kwarkye
  • Jeffrey Latouche
  • Lebardo Lopez
  • Jan Maciejewski
  • Manuel Mejia
  • Antonio Melendez
  • Nana Akwasi Minkah
  • Martin Morales
  • Blanca Morocho
  • Jerome Nedd
  • Juan Nieves Jr.
  • Jose R. Nunez
  • Isidro Ottenwalder
  • Jesus Ovalles
  • Victor Paz Gutierrez
  • Alejo Perez
  • Moises Rivas
  • David B. Rodriguez Vargas
  • Gilbert Ruiz
  • Juan Salas
  • Abdoul Karim Traore

The families and coworkers of those mostly immigrant workers talk about their loss, their dreams, and their challenges in the movie “Windows.”