Nearly 5,000 people from in and around the San Diego Community participated in the October 5th March for Dignity and Respect, part of a nationwide effort to push congress to pass comprehensive and humane immigration reform. Unite Here Local 30 made their presence known at this rally, as they are especially passionate since the overwhelming majority of its members are immigrants.
Earlier this year, Local 30 and its members rallied against the Tarsadia owned Hilton Mission Valley and went on a very public hunger strike in front of the hotel when Tarsadia opted to weaponize the EVerify system in an effort to disrupt the hotel worker’s efforts to unionize. Tarsadia had fired 9 undocumented, long time hotel workers who were fighting for respect, dignity, and justice. Hence, they were know in the media as the San Diego Nine.
On October 5th, Local 30 members sought to remember those workers of the San Diego Nine and to demonstrate their commitment to the fight for the dignity and respect of all immigrant workers.