Entries by Michelle Travis

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 […]

March with Local 40 at Pride 2016!

Join UNITE HERE Local 40 at the Vancouver Pride Parade this year! March with the union, defend LGBTQ rights, and support hotel workers as part of our campaign to end job discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. This year our union’s theme is “Love Has No Borders!” The Pride parade takes place Sunday, […]

Hotel workers seek gains in HIR negotiations as BC’s hotel industry booms

In the midst of a boom for Metro Vancouver’s tourism industry, UNITE HERE Local 40 has begun negotiations with the 48 hospitality employers that are represented by  Hospitality Industrial Relations (HIR). Over seventy union members attended the first bargaining session at the Holiday Inn Downtown on June 8th. Members representing properties across the Greater Vancouver Area, Victoria, Harrison, and other parts of B.C addressed management during the meeting. They highlighted […]

Newly ratified contract for Hilton Metrotown Workers

New agreement maintains top hotel standard in Vancouver. Burnaby, BC – UNITE HERE Local 40 members at Hilton Metrotown ratified their new union contract with a 96% YES vote!  The agreement increases economics by $1.45 over the next two years, preserves hard-fought Room Attendant workload standards, and enhances job security language. Workers faced a tough […]

Is a Canada Revenue Agency landlord avoiding taxes via offshore havens?

Published by the National Observer, Written by Bruce Livesey in News | October 15th 2015 Canada’s 2015 Federal Election Campaign The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rents office space from a Vancouver-based property developer – a company that exploits offshore tax havens in Lichtenstein, the British Virgin Islands and Channel Islands. Larco Investments Ltd. owns three […]