Hundreds of hotel workers rallied on Robson Street in Vancouver on Friday. HIR workers from the Blue Horizon Hotel, Wedgewood, Empire Landmark, Chateau Granville and two Holiday Inns were joined by Local 40 members from across the Lower Mainland to send a loud message to Robson Street hotel operators: Stop the Abuse! Fair Contract Now!
We were unable to get HIR management back to the bargaining table during the month of September so HIR workers made a plan of action to take to the streets Friday afternoon at the Blue Horizon.
The Blue Horizon was chosen because of the daily abuses that Room Attendants are experiencing on the job, and are fighting against in the hotel. A majority of the housekeeping department presented a petition to the owner of the hotel on September 26.
The next round of HIR negotiations is scheduled for October 24 and 25 at the Empire Landmark Hotel.