PRESS ADVISORY: WITH DISNEY LAYOFFS LOOMING, CENTRAL FLORIDA’S HOSPITALITY WORKERS WILL CARAVAN THROUGH THE I-4 CORRIDOR’S BIGGEST LATINO COMMUNITY
Media Advisory for: Friday, October 2, 2020 at 9:30am
Kissimmee, FL – Hospitality workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 737 will be holding a car caravan through Kissimmee’s Latino neighborhoods, raising awareness about the November election, and encouraging workers to kick Donald Trump out of office by voting for Joe Biden.
Who: Disney workers, Central Florida hospitality workers
When: Friday, October 2, 2020 9:30am EST
9:30am – Cars arrive at Osceola Heritage Park parking lot on Shake Rag Road between 192 and Fortune Road
10:00am – Caravan departs from at Osceola Heritage Park parking lot on Shake Rag Road between 192 and Fortune Road, you can find the full caravan route here: https://goo.gl/maps/kqdEppLZiRDYU89Y7
Why: Members of UNITE HERE Local 737 will lead a caravan through Kissimmee’s Latino neighborhoods to spread the word that their vote matters and it should go to Joe Biden.
“If Trump had acted swiftly and responsibly to the COVID-19 pandemic we would not be facing more layoffs and uncertainty.” said Disney housekeeper Suehaly Delgado.
Hospitality workers in Central Florida power the region’s largest industry, and will have an enormous impact on the results of the Presidential election in November. Central Florida’s hospitality workers are still impacted disproportionately as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many workers are struggling to feed their families, and to pay their bills.
“As a survivor of Hurricane Maria I experienced Donald Trump’s disrespect firsthand, now that I’m living in Florida we are all experiencing it as the coronavirus makes us afraid for our health and our jobs.” said Disney housekeeper Sofia Ortiz.
About UNITE HERE Local 737
UNITE HERE Local 737 is a labor union that represents 21,000 workers in the hospitality and tourism industry, including workers in Walt Disney World Food & Beverage and Housekeeping, Palmas Services, Patina Restaurant Group, the Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando and Centerplate at the Orange County Convention Center. Their members led the campaign to win a $15 minimum wage for Disney workers and continue to fight to spread a good jobs standard throughout Central Florida. UNITE HERE Local 737 is the largest organization of Puerto Rican workers in Central Florida, including many who migrated after Hurricane Maria.