UNITE HERE Local 11 has endorsed the Rental Affordability Act, the November 2020 ballot measure that allows local governments to expand rent control in California.
The influential union, which represents workers in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers throughout California, joins the grassroots movement that’s determined to bring fair rents and affordable housing to California through the Rental Affordability Act.
“UNITE HERE Local 11, a union representing 32,000 workers, is proud to endorse the Rental Affordability Act. Cities and counties should have the power to provide housing stability for their residents and stave off growing homelessness,” stated UNITE HERE Local 11 co-presidents Ada Briceno, Kurt Petersen, and Susan Minato.
“We’re thrilled to have UNITE HERE Local 11’s endorsement,” says René Christian Moya, campaign director of the Rental Affordability Act and director of Housing Is A Human Right.
He adds, “The union represents thousands of the families most impacted by the high cost of housing in the state: service workers who keep our hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues going. They know firsthand how income inequality and the corporate capture of our economy have led to unfair rents and low wages for working people.”
In addition to UNITE HERE Local 11, the RAA has been endorsed by U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, labor icon Dolores Huerta, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.