The hospitality union, UNITE HERE, announced today that they are backing Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s campaign for governor. The union reports having 5,000 members. Here’s the release:
(Minneapolis, Minn) – The hospitality union UNITE HERE Minnesota, representing workers in light manufacturing, hotels, restaurants, bars, food service, convention centers, airports and airline catering in Minnesota, has endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher’s campaign for governor.
“Margaret is simply the best-qualified person to do the job,” said Wade Luneburg, Secretary/Treasurer of UNITE HERE Minnesota. “She has navigated the best path through a very hard period in our state’s history, demonstrating great leadership as Speaker. She clearly understands our industry, the challenges of our members, and how that relates to our new service sector economy.”
UNITE HERE has helped to raise the standards of wages, benefits, and working conditions in the hospitality industry and helped turn traditionally low-wage jobs into good, family-sustaining jobs.
“I’m proud to be endorsed by some of the hardest working women and men in our state,” said Kelliher. “UNITE HERE has led the fight to organize low-wage workers throughout our state and country and I support them in their efforts to improve the lives of all workers seeking a living wage.”