UNITE HERE Historical Timeline
1891 Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees International Union forms 1900 Workers making women's clothes form the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) 1906 The San Francisco earthquake nearly wipes out the hospitality industry for months 1909 A winning strike of 20,000 garment workers, mostly teenage girls, in New York City truly launches the ILGWU 1911 A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City kills 146 workers, leading to the first workplace health and safety laws 1914 Men's clothing workers form the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) 1923 The ACWA opens the Amalgamated Bank for workers and unions 1939 New York City Hotel Trades Council forms and signs first contract with the Hotel Association. 1939 Southern textile workers found the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) 1941 ACWA begins employer-paid health and life insurance 1947 Strike at the Brass Rail ends victoriously after six years 1958 100,000 striking ILGWU members in eight states win the required use of the union label 1963 The TWUA begins organizing at textile giant JP Stevens 1960s New York's HERE locals march to support the lunch counter sit-ins to end segregation in the South 1976 ACWA and TWUA merge and create the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) 1980 After 17 years, 4,000 workers at JP Stevens win a contract 1984 HERE organizes Yale University's support staff 1995 UNITE is formed out of the ILGWU and ACTWU 1998 Strikers at the Las Vegas Frontier Hotel & Casino win after nearly 7 years. UNITE begins major organizing campaigns in laundries, coming to represent 40,000 within 5 years 1999 5,000 workers at Fieldcrest Cannon textile mills join UNITE after 25-year struggle 2001 The attack on the World Trade Center kills 43 HERE members; the resulting economic downturn costs thousands of HERE and UNITE members their jobs 2002 Workers at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco negotiate 1st contract after a 22-year fight.
UNITE forms partnerships with the NAACP and the Sierra Club to further civil and workers' rights & bring the environmental and labor movements together.
2003 HERE & UNITE work together on the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, the Yale strike and H&M organizing campaign 2004 HERE & UNITE merge to create UNITE HERE 2005 Atlantic City strike settled for over 10,000 workers 2006 UNITE HERE Hotel contracts settled for over 60,000 hotel workers in 400 hotels across North America 2008 UNITE HERE first Union to endorse Barack Obama. 2009 Congress Hotel strike enters 6th year.