Speaker Profile

D. Taylor

D. Taylor is the International President of one of the fastest growing unions in America, UNITE HERE, and a new organizing expert with a track record of results spanning over 35 years building the labor movement. President Taylor has led more strikes than nearly any modern American labor leader, including the successful seven-year strike of the Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, the successful 2016 strike of the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, and the successful two-month, 8 city, 1770 worker hotel strikes of Marriott in fall 2018 – the largest successful hotel strike ever. Before he was elected International President of UNITE HERE, President Taylor spend decades in Nevada with the union – playing a key role in growing UNITE HERE Culinary 226 from 18,000 members in 1987 to over 55,000 by 2013. Since his election to UNITE HERE’s International President in 2012, President Taylor has led UNITE HERE to its largest new organizing growth and focused on raising the standards for hospitality workers across North America – resulting in union wages for UNITE HERE hotel housekeepers being nearly triple the non-union standard in many cities. President Taylor has also overseen innovative immigration organizing and advocacy within the union and made healthcare and affordable prescription drugs a marquee union priority across the country.


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