July 1, 2014
By Stephanie West
Boston, Mass. – Unite Here members converged on Boston from June 25 through June 27 for their union's constitutional convention. Representatives of this unions 275,000 members came together to meet and discuss the future of the union and the labor movement.
During speeches union leadership had made the theme clear – its more urgent than ever that union's bring in more members. Joining a union will boost a workers pay. As more employees increase income more money is pumped back into local neighborhoods. This process causes economic growth in communities. Throughout the convention a common thread had been the importance of organizing.
The theme of the convention was titled "Changing 50,000 More Lives." A resolution to organize 50,000 more workers in the next five years was adopted by the delegates.
With many locals having a track record of successful organizing drives, the delegates related to the theme and the mood was upbeat.
Delegates at the convention will elect new officers. Current President D. Taylor is running for election to a five year term. "At a time when so much attention is rightfully being paid to the declining living standards of American workers, the Unite Here family knows the surest way to change lives for the better is to organize workers into unions," said Taylor.
Unite Here represents employees working in hotels, gaming, food service and manufacturing sectors of the economy..