UNITE HERE Local 25, the union for hospitality workers in D.C., Prince George’s County, and Northern Virginia, issued a statement today calling on hotels to refuse cooperation with ICE during upcoming raids -- and vowing to take action to ensure hotel rooms are not used as prison cells.
Good afternoon. My name is Samuel Epps and I am the Political Director of UNITE HERE Local 25, a union representing over 7,500 hospitality workers in the D.C. region.
We support Councilmember Nadaeu’s amendment to scale back the ineffective QHTC incentives. The District’s Chief Financial Officer himself concluded in 2018 that QHTC had a minimal impact on creating jobs and revenue for the District. There’s simply no reason to hand out money to companies that aren’t investing in our residents, or providing meaningful benefits to our workers.
Amidst growing concerns nationwide about the potentially corrosive influence of Wall Street Firms on casino management, UNITE HERE Local 25 will testify before Maryland’s Gaming Commission Meeting on Thursday, April 25th. Local 25 staff and members will call on the agency to work with stakeholders across the region to address these worrying changes in the industry.
Local 25 is deeply skeptical of WMATA’s reported plan to subsidize ride-sharing instead of reinstating extended service hours. The proposal is a PR stunt meant to distract from Metro’s long-standing indifference to the transit needs of working families in our region.