UNITE HERE is the largest worker organization in North America representing food service workers.
Our union has organized waiters, waitresses, cooks, and bartenders for over a hundred years since it first received its charter from the American Federation of Labor as the Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Alliance in 1891. Today, our membership includes over 90,000 food service workers employed in corporate cafeterias, airports, universities, school districts, sports stadiums and event centers, amusement parks, cultural institutions, and national parks. In addition, UNITE HERE represents tens of thousands of restaurant workers inside hotels and casinos.
Together we are working to transform the traditionally low-wage food service industry to an industry that provides affordable family health care, retirement security, and respect on the job. Food workers are also working to change our food system by advocating for policies and practices that promote real, sustainable, and fair food.