2022 Voter Guide: Local 2 Endorsements

It’s time to VOTE and make our voices heard! Use Local 2’s endorsements below to fill out your ballot:

San Francisco:
San Francisco Public Defender – Mano Raju
City Attorney – David Chiu
SF Proposition D – No
SF Proposition E – Yes
SF Proposition H – Yes
SF Proposition M – Yes
SF Supervisor District 2 – Catherine Stefani
SF Supervisor District 4 – Gordon Mar
SF Supervisor District 8 – Rafael Mandelman
SF Supervisor District 10 – Shamann Walton
CA State Assembly District 17 – Matt Haney
Click here to see more endorsements from the SF Labor Council.

San Mateo:
Eddie Flores – South San Francisco City Council
Click here to see more endorsements from the San Mateo Labor Council.

East Bay:
CA State Assembly District 20 – Liz Ortega-Toro
Oakland Mayor – Sheng Thao
Oakland City Council District 2 – Nikki Bas
Oakland City Council District 4 – Janani Ramachandran
Oakland City Council District 6 – Kevin Jenkins
Alameda County Supervisor District 3 – Rebecca Kaplan
Berkeley City Council District 4 – Kate Harrison
Alameda City Council At-large – Jim Oddie
Click here to see more endorsements from the Alameda Labor Council.
Click here to see more endorsements from the Contra Costa Labor Council.

North Bay:
Victoria Fleming – Santa Rosa City Council District 4

Vote YES on Prop E and NO on Prop D

It’s time to vote! San Francisco voters: Vote YES on Prop E and NO on Prop D. Prop E is the ONLY measure on your ballot that will actually build affordable housing faster – so more of us can afford to live in this city.

Watch the commercial featuring Camucha, a Local 2 member from the St. Regis hotel:

Airport Restaurant Workers Win Strike at SFO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2022

Contact: Ted Waechter twaechter@unitehere2.org

Airport Restaurant Workers Approve Deal for $5/Hour Raises, Free Family Health Care After Strike at SFO

Strike By 1,000 Workers Had Shut Down Most of SFO’s Food and Beverage Outlets

San Francisco, Calif. – A thousand fast-food workers at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have won a $5 per hour raise and free family health care after shutting down most of the airport’s food and beverage outlets during a three-day strike. The workers, members of the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 2, ratified their new union contract by a vote of 99.5 percent on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Photos and B-roll of voting, picket lines, and shuttered restaurants are available for download here.

The contract includes:

  • $5 per hour raise. (Immediate raise of $3 per hour, additional raises totaling $5 per hour by September 2024.) Most workers’ hourly wage will increase $17.05 to $22.05 – almost a 30% raise.
  • Free platinum-tier family health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision. Workers can cover the whole family with no premiums. Co-pays of less than $30 for almost all doctor’s visits and prescriptions.
  • Increased retirement income through a defined-benefit pension.
  • Retention policy to protect workers’ jobs when food and beverage outlets change operators.
  • One-time $1500 bonus.

“This strike was so worth it to give my family a better life,” said Blanca Gay, a snack bar attendant at SFO for 30 years and member of the UNITE HERE Local 2 bargaining committee. “My son is in college, but he had to switch from full-time to part-time just so he could work. With the raises we won, I can help my son go back to school full-time. All the hard work and sacrifice of the strike has paid off for my family.”

“This victory is more than I ever dreamed of,” said April Asfour, a cook at Boudin Bakery Café at SFO. “I have six kids, and this raise will help me to support them. And with the health care that we won, I can cover all of them for free. I’m so proud that we stood up for ourselves, because everything we won will help me give my family a better life.”

The strike had forced most of SFO’s food and beverage outlets to close, and passengers reported long lines for food and coffee at the few outlets that remained open.

“This victory shows the world that fast-food jobs can in fact be good, family-sustaining jobs, and it’s all because workers had the courage to strike,” said Anand Singh, President of UNITE HERE Local 2. “After three years without a raise, SFO’s fast-food workers were tired of working two or even three jobs just to survive – so they took their lives into their own hands and won a better future.”

SFO fast-food workers’ strike began on Monday, September 26, 2022, and ended late Wednesday night, September 28, 2022, after a tentative deal between UNITE HERE Local 2 and the consortium of SFO airport restaurants was unanimously approved by the union’s bargaining committee of 80 airport restaurant workers.

The strike included a thousand cashiers, baristas, cooks, dishwashers, bartenders, servers, and lounge attendants at 84 food and beverage outlets throughout SFO. The majority made $17.05 per hour and had not seen a raise in three years. The contract will expire in August 2025.

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UNITE HERE Local 2 is the hospitality workers’ union in the San Francisco Bay Area, representing over 15,000 workers at San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and hotels, restaurants, tech cafeterias, sports stadiums, and more.

1,000 Fast Food Workers on Strike at SFO Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2022

Contact: Ted Waechter twaechter@unitehere2.org 919-636-1124

1,000 FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE AT SFO AIRPORT

Travelers Should Plan to Bring Their Own Food, Workers Say

San Francisco, Calif. – Fast-food workers at San Francisco International Airport are on strike.

The strike includes a thousand workers at restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and lounges at SFO. The majority make $17.05 per hour and have not seen a raise in three years. Travelers should plan to bring their own food, as workers are on strike at virtually every food and beverage outlet within the airport. They are members of the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 2.

“I have to work two jobs to support my family and meet our needs, and it means I barely get to see my kids and grandkids,” said Vivian Narvarte, who works at both Pie Five Pizza and Ladle & Leaf Restaurant at SFO. “My pay for a whole hour of work is less than the price of just one meal. That is so unfair. I’m on strike because I want to quit my second job and have more time with my family.”

Workers have compared their wages to the price of popular menu items in viral social media videos viewed over 500,000 times, emphasizing that hourly pay is often less than the price of a single meal at SFO. They are calling on travelers to boycott the airport’s food and beverage outlets.

“Nobody can pay their bills or feed their kids on $17 an hour,” said Anand Singh, President of UNITE HERE Local 2. “Working at SFO used to mean you had a good job, but most of the airport’s fast-food workers haven’t seen a raise in three years. The hamburger or burrito an airport worker serves often costs more than what she makes in an entire hour. Nine months of negotiations got us nowhere, and SFO’s food service workers are tired of working two or even three jobs just to survive.”

The open-ended strike includes cashiers, baristas, cooks, dishwashers, bartenders, servers, and lounge attendants with 30 different employers at 84 food and beverage outlets throughout the airport. The employers are bargaining as a collective.

Airport food service workers voted by 99.7 percent to authorize the strike through a vote held in August. Marriott hotel workers with the same union won raises and better health care after a two-month strike in 2018.

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UNITE HERE Local 2 is the hospitality workers’ union in the San Francisco Bay Area, representing over 15,000 workers at San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and hotels, restaurants, tech cafeterias, sports stadiums, and more.

41 Arrested in Protest at SFO; Strike Looms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 16, 2022

Contact: Ted Waechter twaechter@unitehere2.org

41 Arrested at SFO After Blocking Traffic in Fast-Food Workers’ Protest Against Poverty Wages

1,000 Food Service Workers at SFO Say They’re Ready to Strike

San Francisco, Calif.—41 airport fast-food workers and supporters were arrested and cited after blocking traffic on the airport road outside of Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport. The non-violent civil disobedience, as well as picket lines by hundreds of workers and supporters, drew attention to workers’ fight against poverty wages and unaffordable health care.

Hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 2 represents a thousand fast-food workers at SFO – including cashiers, baristas, cooks, dishwashers, bartenders, servers, and more – who have said they are prepared to strike for better jobs. California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Lorena Gonzalez, State Senator Josh Becker, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, and San Francisco Supervisors Connie Chan and Gordon Mar were among those arrested in solidarity with airport workers.

Photos and video of the action are available here courtesy of Unite Here Local 2.

The majority of fast-food workers at SFO make $17.05 per hour and have not seen a raise in three years. Many say they have to work two or even three jobs to make ends meet. Workers have emphasized that their hourly wage is often less than the price of a single meal at SFO, comparing their pay to the price of popular menu items in viral social media videos viewed over 500,000 times. Affordable health care and a secure retirement are also key issues in ongoing negotiations.

“I have to work two jobs to support my family, and I’m exhausted from living on four hours of sleep a day,” said Lucinda To, a lounge attendant at the United Club and a server at Cat Cora’s Kitchen at SFO. “I’m making $16.99 per hour even though a meal at the airport costs at least $20. I hope this protest will show people that workers at SFO need a change, and we are ready to strike for it.”

“Working at SFO used to mean you had a good job, but most of the airport’s fast-food workers haven’t seen a raise in three years,” said Anand Singh, President of UNITE HERE Local 2, who was also arrested. “Nowadays a single meal at SFO often costs more than what an airport fast-food worker makes in an entire hour. After nine months of negotiations that got us nowhere, we’re ready to strike for decent jobs.”

Airport food service workers voted by 99.7 percent to authorize the strike through a vote held in August. A strike could begin at any time.

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UNITE HERE Local 2 is the hospitality workers’ union in the San Francisco Bay Area, representing over 15,000 workers at San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and hotels, restaurants, tech cafeterias, sports stadiums, and more.

Local 2 Newsletter – August 2022

Airport Workers at SFO Authorize Strike by 99.7% Vote

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022

Contact: Ted Waechter twaechter@unitehere2.org 919-636-1124

SFO Airport Workers to Protest Following Strike Vote

Food Service Workers at San Francisco Intl. Airport Announce Overwhelming Vote to Prepare for Strike

WHO: Hundreds of workers at food and beverage outlets at SFO – including cashiers, baristas, servers, bartenders, cooks, dishwashers, and more. They are members of the hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE Local 2.

WHEN: Thursday, August 18, 1pm-5pm

WHAT: Major protest over health care and wages. This is the first protest at SFO since workers voted to authorize a strike. (Please note: This a protest, not a work stoppage or strike.)

WHERE: Terminal 3 departures level. Contact Ted at 919-636-1124 when you arrive.

VISUALS: Airport food service workers picketing in uniform, holding signs that say, “One Job Should Be Enough.”

WHY: Food service workers at SFO say they’re tired of working two or even three jobs to survive – and are ready to strike for better pay and health care.

After eight months of fruitless negotiations, workers voted on Wednesday August 10 to authorize a strike by 99.7%. This is workers’ first protest since the strike vote, and they hope it will persuade employers to reach a deal for living wages and affordable health care. (Please note: Thursday’s event is a protest, not a work stoppage or strike.)

B-roll and photos of the strike vote are available for download here.

Airport food service workers say their jobs aren’t enough to keep up with the cost of living – while airline fares and menu prices soar. They say negotiations over wages and health care have dragged on long enough.

“I’m a single mom living paycheck-to-paycheck,” said Margaret Manalo, a lounge attendant at SFO for 7 years. “It’s my first time getting involved with the union and getting ready to strike, because I want to push the employers to give us the wages and health care we need. One job should be enough to have a good life and provide food for your family.”

“You shouldn’t have to strike for basic things like a good job and affordable health care, but workers at SFO are ready if that’s what it takes,” said Anand Singh, President of UNITE HERE Local 2. “After months of negotiations, employers still aren’t taking workers seriously, and we’re done with it.”

Marriott hotel workers with the same union won raises and better health care after a two-month strike in 2018.

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UNITE HERE Local 2 is the hospitality workers’ union in San Francisco, San Mateo County, and the East and North Bay, representing over 15,000 workers at SFO and OAK and in hotels, restaurants, tech cafeterias, sports stadiums, and more.

Membership Meetings on July 28 and October 12

Attention Local 2 members:

We will have Membership Meetings on Thursday July 28, 2022 at 4:30pm at Local 87 Union Hall (240 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco) and Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 4:30pm at Local 87 Union Hall (240 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco).

Don’t Forget to Vote! Local 2 Endorses NO on Prop H!

Local 2 members, please VOTE before Tuesday June 7, 2022! It’s especially important to vote NO on Proposition H, the effort to recall our District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Chesa Boudin has fought for our members, and we need to stand up for him. See below for endorsements from the SF Labor Council and California Labor Federation.

You can vote in person or by turning in or mailing your ballot between now and June 7th. Call the SF Department of Elections if you need help with your ballot: (415) 554-4375

In San Francisco…

YES on Prop A: Muni Reliability and Street Safety Bond
YES on Prop B: Charter Amendment: Building Inspection Commission
YES on Prop C: Charter Amendment: Recall Timelines & Vacancy Process
YES on Prop E: Behested Payments
YES on Prop F: Refuse Collection & Disposal
YES on Prop G: Public Health Emergency Leave
NO, NO, NO on Prop H: Recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin

 

Other races…

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS
Congressional District 1 Max Steiner (D)
Congressional District 2 Jared Huffman (D)
Congressional District 3 Kermit Jones (D)
Congressional District 4 Mike Thompson (D)
Congressional District 5 Mike Barkley (D)
Congressional District 6 Ami Bera (D)
Congressional District 7 Doris Matsui (D)
Congressional District 8 John Garamendi (D)
Congressional District 9 Josh Harder (D)
Congressional District 10 Mark DeSaulnier (D)
Congressional District 11 Nancy Pelosi (D)
Congressional District 12 Barbara Lee (D)
Congressional District 13 No Recommendation
Congressional District 14 Eric Swalwell (D)
Congressional District 15 Kevin Mullin (D)
Congressional District 16 Anna Eshoo (D)
Congressional District 17 Ro Khanna (D)
Congressional District 18 Zoe Lofgren (D)
Congressional District 19 Jimmy Panetta (D)
Congressional District 20 Marisa Wood (D)
Congressional District 21 Jim Costa (D)
Congressional District 22 Rudy Salas (D)
Congressional District 23 Derek Marshall (D)
Congressional District 24 Salud Carbajal
Congressional District 25 No Recommendation
Congressional District 26 Julia Brownley (D)
Congressional District 27 Christy Smith (D)
Congressional District 28 Judy Chu(D)
Congressional District 29 Tony Cardenas (D)
Congressional District 30 Adam Schiff (D)
Congressional District 31 Grace Napolitano (D)
Congressional District 32 Brad Sherman (D)
Congressional District 33 Pete Aguilar (D)
Congressional District 34 Jimmy Gomez (D)
Congressional District 35 No Recommendation
Congressional District 36 Ted Lieu (D)
Congressional District 37 Sydney Kamlager (D)
Congressional District 38 Linda Sanchez (D)
Congressional District 39 Mark Takano (D)
Congressional District 40 Asif Mahmood (D)
Congressional District 41 Will Rollins (D)
Congressional District 42 Robert Garcia
Congressional District 43 Maxine Waters (D)
Congressional District 44 Nanette Barragan (D)
Congressional District 45 Jay Chen (D)
Congressional District 46 Lou Correa (D)
Congressional District 47 Katie Porter (D)
Congressional District 48 No Endorsement
Congressional District 49 Mike Levin (D)
Congressional District 50 Refer to Executive Council
Congressional District 51 Sara Jacobs (D)
Congressional District 52 Juan Vargas (D)

 

California State Senate

Senate District 2 Mike McGuire (D)
Senate District 4 Tim Robertson (D)
Senate District 6 Paula Villescaz (D)
Senate District 8 Dave Jones
Senate District 10 Aisha Wahab (D)
Senate District 12 No Endorsement
Senate District 14 Anna Caballero (D)
Senate District 16 OPEN
Senate District 18 Steve Padilla (D)
Senate District 20 Daniel Hertzberg (D)
Senate District 22 No Recommendation
Senate District 24  Ben Allen (D)
Senate District 26 Maria Elena Durazo (D)
Senate District 28 Lola Smallwood Cuevas (D)
Senate District 30 Bob Archuleta (D)
Senate District 32 No Endorsement
Senate District 34 Tom Umberg (D)
Senate District 36 Kim Carr (D)
Senate District 38  Catherine Blakespear (D)
Senate District 40 Joseph Rocha (D)

California State Assembly

Assembly District 1 Refer to Executive Council
Assembly District 2 Jim Wood (D)
Assembly District 3 No Endorsement
Assembly District 4 Cecelia Aguiar-Curry (D)
Assembly District 5 No Endorsement
Assembly District 6 Kevin McCarty (D)
Assembly District 7 No Endorsement
Assembly District 8 No Endorsement
Assembly District 9 Heath Flora (R)
Assembly District 10 Eric Guerra (D)
Assembly District 11 Lori Wilson (D)
Assembly District 12 Damon Connolly (D)
Assembly District 13 Carlos Villapudua (D)
Assembly District 14 Buffy Wicks (D)
Assembly District 15 Tim Grayson (D)
Assembly District 16 Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)
Assembly District 17 OPEN (D)
Assembly District 18 Mia Bonta (D)
Assembly District 19 Phil Ting (D)
Assembly District 20 Liz Ortega (D)
Assembly District 21 No Recommendation
Assembly District 22 Jessica Self (D)
Assembly District 23 Marc Berman
Assembly District 24 Alex Lee (D)
Assembly District 25 Ash Kalra (D)
Assembly District 26 Evan Low (D)
Assembly District 27 Esmeralda Soria (D)
Assembly District 28 DUAL: Gail Pellerin (D)/ Rob Rennie (D)
Assembly District 29 Robert Rivas (D)
Assembly District 30 DUAL: Dawn Addis (D)/ Jon Wizard (D)
Assembly District 31 Joaquin Arambula (D)
Assembly District 32 No Endorsement
Assembly District 33 Jose Sigala (D)
Assembly District 34 No Recommendation
Assembly District 35 Leticia Perez (D)
Assembly District 36 Eduardo Garcia (D)
Assembly District 37 Gregg Hart (D)
Assembly District 38 Steve Bennett
Assembly District 39 Andrea Rosenthal (D)
Assembly District 40 Pilar Schiavo (D)
Assembly District 41 Chris Holden (D)
Assembly District 42 Jacqui Irwin (D)
Assembly District 43 Luz Rivas (D)
Assembly District 44 Laura Friedman (D)
Assembly District 45 James Ramos (D)
Assembly District 46 Jesse Gabriel (D)
Assembly District 47 Christy Holstege (D)
Assembly District 48 No Recommendation
Assembly District 49 Mike Fong (D)
Assembly District 50 Eloise Gomez-Reyes (D)
Assembly District 51 Rick Chavez-Zbur (D)
Assembly District 52 Wendy Carrillo (D)
Assembly District 53 Refer to Executive Council
Assembly District 54 Miguel Santiago (D)
Assembly District 55 Isaac Bryan (D)
Assembly District 56 Lisa Calderon (D)
Assembly District 57 Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D)
Assembly District 58 Sabrina Cervantes (D)
Assembly District 59 No Endorsement
Assembly District 60 No Recommendation
Assembly District 61 Tina McKinnor (D)
Assembly District 62 Anthony Rendon (D)
Assembly District 63 Fauzia Rizvi (D)
Assembly District 64 Elizabeth Alcantar-Loza (D)
Assembly District 65 Mike Gipson (D)
Assembly District 66 No Recommendation
Assembly District 67 Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)
Assembly District 68 Avelino Valencia (D)
Assembly District 69 Josh Lowenthal (D)
Assembly District 70 Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen (D)
Assembly District 71 No Recommendation
Assembly District 72 No Recommendation
Assembly District 73 Cottie Petrie-Norris (D)
Assembly District 74 Chris Duncan (D)
Assembly District 75 No Endorsement
Assembly District 76 Brian Maienschein (D)
Assembly District 77 Tasha Boerner Horvath (D)
Assembly District 78 Chris Ward (D)
Assembly District 79 No Recommendation
Assembly District 80 Georgette Gomez (D)

Board of Equalization

District 1 No Recommendation
District 2 DUAL: Michela Alioto-Pier (D)/ Sally Lieber (D)
District 3 Tony Vasquez (D)
District 4 No Recommendation

 

United States Senate

U.S. Senate Alex Padilla (D)

 

State Constitutional Offices

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara (D)
Treasurer Fiona Ma (D)
Controller Malia Cohen (D)
Attorney General Rob Bonta (D)
Secretary of State Shirley Weber (D)
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis (D)
Governor Gavin Newsom (D)

Local 2 and Local 2850 Merge: One Powerful Union!

Local 2 and Local 2850 Merge: One Powerful Union!

84.2% Vote YES For Merger!

On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 Local 2 members voted overwhelmingly to merge Local 2850 into Local 2. At the same time, Local 2850 members voted 99% YES to approve the merger. With both membership’s approval, the merger is now official. This is the beginning of a stronger, more powerful, Local 2. Congratulations to everyone who came out to vote. Your active participation is what makes our Union strong.

Onward to Victory in 2022!