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Hyatt Faces Strikes, Protests in Cities Across North America

Multi-city strikes at Hyatt properties in Los Angeles, Honolulu, Chicago, and Toronto this week represent a major escalation in a labor dispute involving Hyatt and its billionaire owners — the Pritzker Family — who have been the target of a number of major demonstrations in more than a dozen cities across North America this summer.

Cara Flight Kitchen contract victory!

Hundreds of Cara Flight Kitchen workers at the Vancouver Airport have a new union contract. A big victory for Cara workers, the new contract includes a 10% wage increase over 3 years for everyone and a 13% wage increase for the lowest job classifications. Also in the contract: pension contribution increases of over 35%, significant […]

Growing movement of hotel workers and supporters protest Vancouver Hyatt

On July 22, over 600 hotel workers and supporters shut down Burrard Street to protest Hyatt Corporation’s greed and cutbacks. The Vancouver workers joined hotel workers in 15 cities across North America in a series of coordinated Hyatt protests taking place on the same day. Starting with a loud picket line on the sidewalk in […]

UNITE HERE at the ITUC World Congress in Vancouver

1200 trade unionists from all over the world, in Vancouver for the ITUC World Congress, got to hear Mei Mei Miao, a banquet worker at the Four Seasons Hotel talk about the hotel workers’ fight for secure jobs and better working conditions. Mei Mei received an enthusiastic standing ovation for her presentation from the 1200 […]

500 rally at Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Hyatt workers across North America marched, rallied and protested today to focus attention on Hyatt Corporation’s treatment of its employees. Here in Vancouver, Hyatt workers were joined by Westin Bayshore, Renaissance, Four Seasons, Delta Vancouver Airport and Hilton Metrotown workers who all have expiring contracts this month. Local 40 members from GM Place, Host, Cara, […]

Workers protest “fake” green initiatives at Toronto hotels

A report in today’s Toronto Star describes the “fake” green initiatives some hotels are employing to cut housekeepers’ jobs. The Sheraton Toronto Centre encourages guests to refuse housekeeping services under its “Green Choice Program,” claiming it will “conserve natural resources” and is better for the environment. In return, the hotel gives the guests who refuse […]

HIR hotel workers contract victory!

2000 hotel workers in BC ratified a new union contract that includes a major victory in housekeeping workload improvements as well as a 6% wage increase, improved dental and vision benefits and a more than 30% increase in employer pension contributions. Housekeepers played a key leadership role in bargaining the HIR contract. Their workload victory […]

HMS Host workers at YVR ratify new contract by 98%

HMS Host workers at YVR overwhelmingly ratified a new union contract today by a vote of 98%. The Host workers won job security improvements in all units, a pathway for Milestones workers to transfer to the new White Spot restaurant, layoff and recall rights, significant wage gains, increased pension contributions and better union access at […]