Legal Representation for UNITE HERE! Members

UNITE HERE union, image of service industry workers lined up smilingUNITE HERE! history dates back to the merger of two distinct labor organizations: the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE). The merger took place in 2004, forming what is now known as Unite Here. This consolidation aimed to create a more cohesive and powerful voice for workers across various sectors, allowing for greater collective bargaining strength and advocacy for improved working conditions.

Unite Here’s primary focus revolves around advancing the rights and interests of its members, who include hotel workers, restaurant staff, culinary professionals, garment workers, and more. The union has a history of advocating for fair wages, safe working environments, and comprehensive benefits for its diverse membership. Its influence spans numerous cities and regions, where it has actively engaged in campaigns to secure better employment terms and promote social and economic justice.

Throughout its history, Unite Here has been involved in various labor actions, strikes, and negotiations to achieve improved labor standards. The union has played a role in raising awareness about issues such as job security, healthcare coverage, and employee dignity, striving to ensure that the rights and well-being of workers remain at the forefront of societal discussions. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, Unite Here continues to be a prominent player in labor advocacy and negotiations in North America. For the latest developments and updates, I recommend consulting more recent sources.

An experienced attorney can be of great use to UNITE HERE! members, particularly following a workplace injury, wrongful termination, civil rights violations, and other employment issues that may arise. At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have the skills and expertise to provide the best legal representation to UNITE HERE! members for all employment or union-related issue.

Types of Work Done by UNITE HERE! Members

Many cities in Illinois, especially Chicago, rely heavily on the services provided by UNITE HERE! Members. The types of industries members work in include:

  • Airports
  • Food Service
  • Gaming
  • Hotels
  • Textile
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Transportation

Issues UNITE HERE! Members Face

UNITE HERE! members may encounter a variety of issues where legal assistance can play a crucial role in safeguarding their rights and interests. These issues often necessitate the expertise of an employment lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law. Some, but not all, of the ways our attorneys can provide assistance to UNITE HERE! members include the following.

Workers Compensation

Workplace injuries can occur in nearly any profession. Injured union workers are likely eligible to file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, this process can be strenuous for those recovering from an injury. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can assist members with filing their claims, maximizing their compensation, and fighting any issues or disputes of an application.

Contract Negotiations and Enforcement

Labor lawyers can be instrumental in negotiating and drafting employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, and other legal documents that outline workers’ rights, wages, benefits, and working conditions. They help ensure that contracts are fair, equitable, and compliant with relevant labor laws. In case of contract violations, lawyers can help members pursue legal remedies to enforce their contractual rights.

Wage and Overtime Disputes

Lawyers can assist UNITE HERE! members facing wage and hour disputes, including issues related to unpaid wagesovertime pay, minimum wage violations, and misclassification as exempt employees. They can help workers recover unpaid wages and ensure that they receive fair compensation for their work.

Discrimination and Harassment Claims

When UNITE HERE! members experience discrimination or harassment based on factors such as race, gender, age, or disability, lawyers can guide them through the process of filing complaints with appropriate agencies and pursuing legal action against employers who engage in such unlawful behavior.

Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, and Whistleblower Protections

If UNITE HERE! members are wrongfully terminated without just cause or in violation of employment contracts, lawyers can help them explore legal avenues for seeking reinstatement, back pay, and other forms of compensation. If UNITE HERE! members face adverse actions from employers in response to their union involvement or other protected activities, lawyers can help them file retaliation claims and seek damages.

Members who uncover instances of employer misconduct or illegal activities can rely on legal protection as whistleblowers. Lawyers can provide guidance on how to report such instances, maintain job security, and seek legal remedies if retaliation occurs.

Representing UNITE HERE! Members in Illinois

The UNITE HERE! is a large organization that is divided into several local unions across the country. Illinois is serviced by the following local chapters of UNITE HERE!:

  • Local 1 – Chicago, IL
  • Local 450 – Forest Park, IL

At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we know how important it is for UNITE HERE! union members to have legal support when issues arise at work such as accidents, injuries, and contract negotiations. Whatever the case, you should not have to go it alone. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for a FREE consultation to discuss your situation.