UNITE HERE! Local 2 represents over 12,000 workers in the hospitality industries of San Francisco and San Mateo. Local 2 members work at many job sites – including hotels, restaurants, food services, laundries and San Francisco International Airport. They include room cleaners, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, food and beverage servers, bussers, and dishwashers. Local 2’s parent union, UNITE HERE!, represents hotel, food service, and gaming workers throughout the US and Canada.
A Decent Living Standard
San Francisco’s hotel workers work at the core of the region’s economy. Every year, San Francisco hosts millions of visitors who spend billions of dollars on their hotel stays. Through their union, hotel workers in San Francisco have been able to uphold livable wages and benefits that keep them from having to resort to government assistance programs. This stands in stark contrast to the condition of workers in cities that, unlike San Francisco, are predominantly non-union.
A typical hotel worker in San Francisco earns roughly $35,000 per year. Because of the seasonality of the tourism industry, workers average considerably less than 40 hours per week, and many work second jobs. Though these wages make it difficult to meet the Bay Area’s high cost of living, combined with affordable healthcare, job security, and retirement benefits they permit hotel workers to raise their families with dignity.
The Members of Local 2
Local 2’s members are the face of San Francisco’s hospitality industry. A majority have come to San Francisco from overseas, including China, Latin America, and the Philippines. They take enormous pride in delivering world class hospitality to San Francisco’s guests, and the average member has worked at their hotel for over 12 years.