HMS Host Workers at YVR Raise Standards in New Contract

Over 500 HMS Host workers won a major victory when they ratified a new 3 1/2 year agreement on May 9. The new agreement provides workers with significant wage increases of up to $2.00/hour, expands eligibility for medical benefits, and lowers the cost of medical coverage for workers and their families. This agreement will establish a first-time pension benefit for over 400 workers and improve pension contributions for the others.

Workers also secured additional rights that will improve scheduling, maximize hours, and provide greater job security.

The agreement follows a recent worker march through Vancouver Airport to demand a fair contract.

In 2010, during the last negotiations at YVR, Host workers launched a strike and then faced a 5-day lockout. Coming out of that fight, Local 40 successfully organized more than 300 new members at Starbucks, Burger King, Jamba Juice and other YVR locations.

With the leadership of the Union committee, Host members and Local 40 won a great contract that raises standards for hundreds of families in Vancouver!

 

Local 40 Reaches Settlement with The Railway Club

Unite Here Local 40 is pleased to report that following three days of mediation at the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, and with the assistance of neutral Labour Board Mediator Trevor Sones, The Railway Club and the Union have resolved all issues.  Long term employees have been compensated, with some moving on to other opportunities, but everyone wishing The Railway Club a successful future.  The Union encourages customers to return to patronizing and enjoying The Railway Club.

Local 40 Members Ratify New Contract at 47 Hotels, Pubs & Liquor Stores

On December 12, 2013, UNITE HERE Local 40 members who work in 47 hotels, pubs and liquor stores across BC ratified their new collective agreement with 93% voting in favour. 

The new contract addresses major concerns raised by workers and sets new standards for hospitality workers throughout the province.   The new agreement lowers hours of eligibility to 20 hours/week which makes it easier for workers to maintain medical benefits through the slower, winter months.   The contract also provides for a prescription drug card and expands benefits for tourism workers and their families.  Workers will also receive good wage increases and improvements in their pensions.

Workers from Vancouver, Richmond, Harrison Hot Springs, New Westminster, Abbotsford, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Victoria, Prince Rupert, and other communities, led the fight for nearly 18 months to reach a new contract with their employers.   The gains in this contract were achieved as a result of the hard work led by the Union Bargaining Committee and through a variety of public actions at places like the Holiday Inn Downtown Vancouver, Blue Horizon, Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Wedgwood Hotel, Empire Landmark, and Howard Johnson Nanaimo. 

As part of this contract fight, Sheraton Vancouver Airport workers held a 1-day strike.  This was the first hotel strike in Metro Vancouver in a dozen years.   Workers led other coordinated actions in their workplaces throughout BC.  Together, they have raised standards for tourism workers in BC.

Hospitality workers received key support from their customers, labour unions, elected officials, and community members during this contract campaign.   

Local 40 reached a settlement with Hospitality Industrial Relations, who represent the 47 employers, in late November. 

Local 40 Reaches Tentative Settlement with 47 Hotels, Pubs & Liquor Stores

Union Bargaining Committee at HIR Negotiations, November 20, 2013

UNITE HERE Local 40 has reached a tentative settlement with 47 hotels, pubs and liquor stores across BC.  The employers are represented by Hospitality Industrial Relations.  The tentative deal includes substantial improvements in medical coverage, providing some of the best medical benefits for Local 40 members, and a good wage and pension package. 

The Union Bargaining Committee is recommending a “Yes” vote to accept this contract offer.

The ratification process will be completed on December 12, 2013.  More details will be provided after that date.

Lockout Ends at Marine Drive Golf Club: Workers Reach Settlement with Club

Clubhouse workers at Marine Drive Golf Club have reached a settlement with the Club, ending the three week lockout on Saturday, August 17.  A deal was reached as a result of the determination demonstrated by the picketers and their bargaining committee, with the support of SEIU Local 244 groundskeepers.  The union bargaining committee met with the Club, and with compromise from both sides, reached a settlement that includes wage increases, modest signing bonuses and more money going into workers’ retirement plan.  All dining room, kitchen staff, and locker room attendants are returning to work. 

Hotel Workers Authorize Strike Actions Throughout BC

After more than a year at the bargaining table, hospitality workers at 46 hotels, pubs and liquor stores in BC have voted “YES” to a strike and to better standards for hospitality workers.  Workers from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, Kamloops, Harrison Hot Springs, Prince Rupert, Fort St. John and other communities voted to authorize strikes at their workplaces in response to the lack of progress in bargaining to date.

Workers are saying “NO” to:

-wage increases that average only 13 cents a year in upscale hotels like the Wedgewood Hotel and Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel; and average between 3 cents – 6 cents a year in smaller hotels;

-inferior medical and pension benefits;

-second-class benefits for workers outside Vancouver;

-heavy housekeeping workloads; and

-lack of banquet service charge transparency.

The workers’ contract expired May 31, 2012.  Local 40 is bargaining with Hospitality Industrial Relations, which represents the multi-employer group.

Hotel Workers Rally in Nanaimo and Vancouver

After a year of bargaining, hotel workers are standing up throughout BC to fight for better standards on the job.   In Nanaimo, workers from Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel and their supporters from the Nanaimo Duncan & District Labour Council rallied on July 5, 2013.   Howard Johnson workers are saying “NO” to an aggregate wage increase of only 25¢ over four years and to LESS money toward their health and pension benefits than what is being offered to workers in the Lower Mainland.  This would make their benefits inferior to what a fellow member would receive in Vancouver!

Howard Johnson is one of dozens of hotels and pubs currently in multi-employer bargaining across the province.  Hotel workers in Vancouver have also rallied in recent months at Wedgwood Hotel, Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown , Best Western Chateau Granville, and elsewhere to protest the offer tabled by management. 

Check back for more updates on hotel bargaining in BC. 

 

UNITE HERE and Hyatt Reach Agreement; Ends Global Boycott

UNITE HERE Local 40 Welcomes New Members at Vancouver International Airport

Over 300 Vancouver International Airport (YVR) concession workers employed by Host have joined UNITE HERE Local 40, BC’s hospitality workers union.  Starbucks, White Spot, Burger King and retail workers have united with nearly 200 previously unionized YVR concessions workers to raise standards for all concession workers at YVR.  This effort was led by Union and non-union workers who mobilized to win recognition and a contract for non-union Host workers.  This organizing victory is a direct result of Local 40 members winning their 2010 strike and lockout, which centered on the issue of job security at YVR. 

This is a particularly important victory for airport concession workers, many of whom work two or three jobs in order to support themselves and their families.  They also face the perennial threat of having their units closed, putting some workers at risk of losing their jobs.  Together, we will raise standards and fight to create good, stable jobs at YVR.

Congratulations to Robert Demand, Local 40’s New President

75594_10151463168576838_1671364852_nOn February 25, 2013, Local 40 members elected a new President, Robert Demand, and a new Executive Board composed of Local 40 members from around British Columbia. Secretary-Treasurer, Shelly Ervin and Vice President, Lorrie Dyer, were re-elected to their previously held positions.  Below is a list of the newly elected Executive Board and Trustees:

  • Gulzar Grewal, Room Attendant, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver
  • Lisa Larson, Banquets, Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo
  • Bruna Padularosa, Cold Prep, Compass at SFU, Burnaby
  • Raul Cruz, Banquets, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
  • Jimmy Khan, Engineer, Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond
  • Leine Neilsen, Room Attendant, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver
  • Margaret Prieston, Room Attendant, Ramada Inn, Prince George
  • Edward Leung, Equipment Handling, Gate Gourmet at YVR, Richmond
  • Noy Paguio, Room Attendant, Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
  • Heather Flatt, Room Attendant, Coast Capri, Kelowna
  • Abraham Rodriguez, Busperson, Renaissance Hotel, Vancouver
  • Teresa South, Room Attendant, Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria
  • Fipe Wong, Cook, HMS Host at YVR, Richmond
  • Dianne Melville, Houseperson, Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond
  • Naden Abenes, Room Attendant, Hyatt Regency, Vancouver
  • Guy Gazeley, Event Supervisor, Rogers Arena, Vancouver

Congratulations to the new Executive Board and to the newly elected and re-elected officers of UNITE HERE Local 40!