Entries by Michelle Travis

Join Local 40 at the Women’s March!

March with UNITE HERE Local 40 at the Vancouver’s Women’s March on Washington this Saturday January 21st. UNITE HERE has a long history of fighting on issues that matter to women, and we are proud to participate in this march! Local 40 members and community allies are invited to join our contingent. We gather at 9:30 am at Thurlow and […]

Tentative agreement reached with over 45 HIR employers

Local 40 members across BC, working for over 45 employers, have reached a tentative settlement with Hospitality Industrial Relations (HIR). Hotel, motel, pub and liquor store workers are now ratifying the new 4 year contract which will provide improvements to health care coverage, potentially do the same for pensions, and significantly raise wages. Negotiations concluded on […]

Workers Stage 12-Hour Protest at Sheraton Van Airport Hotel

WHAT:  12-hour protest by workers from the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel and other area-hotels.  Starts with 7am Wake-Up action, choir performance at 1pm, and ends with an afternoon rally at 5pm. WHO:  Hospitality members of UNITE HERE Local 40, MLA Mabel Elmore, MLA Shane Simpson, community supporters representing the Kairos Network, UBC Social Justice Centre […]

UBC petition calls for Sauder centre to turf board member

VANCOUVER – University of British Columbia students delivered a petition today demanding the Sauder Centre for Social Innovation cut its ties with a board member over his company’s treatment of its workers. Representatives of UBC’s Social Justice Centre say actions by the Vancouver-based Larco hotel chain hurt the Sauder centre’s reputation for creating social and economic […]

Press Conference: Community Leaders in Vancouver & Toronto Call on Larco Hospitality to Stop Hurting Housekeepers

Canadian Cities Join Hotel Housekeepers Global Week of Action A joint press conference was held today in Vancouver and Toronto with community leaders representing several Filipino, South Asian and faith groups and UNITE HERE Canada.  Community leaders demanded that Larco Hospitality stop mistreating hotel workers, many of them immigrant women, who report heavy workloads and […]

Hotel Workers to Protest in Vancouver & Toronto for Respect at Larco Hospitality

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 19 WHERE:  Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond TIME:  5PM Vancouver, BC — Hotel workers will hold demonstrations today in Vancouver and Toronto at several Larco-owned and operated hotels to protest the company’s treatment of workers, the majority of whom are immigrants.  The workers, represented UNITE HERE, are calling on […]

Inflight Catering Workers Ratify New 3-Year Agreement

Members of UNITE HERE Local 40 working for inflight caterer Gate Gourmet ratified their new three-year contract this week.  The new agreement achieves significant wage increases, restores overtime on the 6th and 7th days of work, provides new protection for sick and injured workers, and covers increases in medical costs. The new agreement narrowly averted […]

Gate Gourmet workers hold press conference, issue travel alert

  On August 11th, UNITE HERE Local 40 airline catering members who work for Gate Gourmet held a press conference to issue a travel alert and discuss a possible strike at Vancouver International Airport.  Gate Gourmet is a global inflight caterer that services Air Canada, British Airways, Air China, and other major airlines. Citing the […]