Media Advisory: BREAKING! Three downtown Vancouver hotels – Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore, Pinnacle Harbourfront – launch indefinite strike over need for safe and stable work

This morning, hundreds of hotel workers from the Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, walked off the job in an open-ended strike. This escalation in the dispute follows a lunch hour strike held on Tuesday. After fourteen months of bargaining the hotels have failed to address significant outstanding issues related to workload, safety and job security. Room attendants, chefs, front desk agents and other staff of the high-end hotels are holding downtown strike actions for the first time in nearly two decades, united in their fight to change the industry into one which offers safe, stable and sustainable jobs.

The workers are demanding “One job should be enough!” in Vancouver’s booming hospitality industry which makes record profits year after year, while the cost of living continues to rise in Metro Vancouver. Many of the city’s hotel workers are struggling to provide for their families with precarious, on-call shifts caused by the systemic cutting of hours in these hotels. Safety remains a priority in this dispute, as many workers have stepped forward with complaints of sexual harassment faced on the job, and extreme under-staffing has led to unsafe and unsustainable workload levels. Vancouver’s downtown hotel workers stand together for better quality jobs and an improved quality of life.

Picket Actions

Date: Thursday, Sept 19, 2019

Time: 7:00 AM

Where: Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore, Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels

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Contact: Sharan Pawa, 604-725-0053, [email protected]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Historic strike action today; Workers from Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin, Pinnacle hotels to hold lunch hour strike

For the first time in nearly two decades, Vancouver’s downtown hospitality workers – from the  Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels – will walk off the job in a coordinated lunch hour strike, fighting to change the hotel industry into one which provides safe and stable work. The workers will gather outside of the Hyatt Regency hotel for a picketing action. Workers from the Hotel Georgia, Canada’s top-rated hotel, will join the strike action in spite of a lockout threat imposed by Hotel Georgia management. After this lunch hour, striking staff from the four hotels will be returning to work.

Over 1000 employees of the hotels involved are fighting for safe and sustainable jobs in the industry in order to provide for their families in Metro Vancouver. Safety and workload issues remain a priority in this labour dispute; the systemic cutting of hours in a growing hotel industry has left employees with unsafe and unsustainable workload levels, while expectations for top-tier service in Vancouver continues to rise. The workers are calling for improved safety standards, workload protections, better staffing levels and are demanding “One job should be enough!” in a booming industry which continues to make record profits year after year.

Employees of these prominent Vancouver hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, have been without a collective agreement for up to 14 months.

 

Lunch Hour Strike    

Date: Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019

Time: 12:00 (Peak time 12:30pm)  

Who: Hotel workers from Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin, Pinnacle hotelsWhere: Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver



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Contact: Sharan Pawa, 604-725-0053, [email protected]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Fourth downtown hotel – Pinnacle Harbourfront – issues strike notice; Hyatt Workers to hold picket today

Yesterday, Pinnacle Harbourfront hotel became the latest downtown hotel to join Hotel Georgia, Hyatt and Westin in issuing strike notice. Workers at these prominent Vancouver hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, have been without a collective agreement for up to 14 months and are prepared to strike in order to achieve better working conditions. Workers at the Hotel Georgia, Canada’s top-rated hotel, still face a lockout threat imposed by hotel management.

 

Employees of the hotels are demanding “One job should be enough!” in a booming tourism and hospitality industry which continues to make record profits year after year. Workers are fighting for sustainable jobs in the industry order to provide for their families in Metro Vancouver; this includes full-time hours, industry-setting wages, improved benefits and pension, workload protections and increased safety standards.

 

Workers will gather at the Hyatt Regency today at noon during their lunch hour for a picketing action, calling on their employers to bargain a fair contract. Today’s action will also launch the Union’s official boycott of the Hyatt. The workers at Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin and Pinnacle hotels have yet to launch a strike action.

 

Picket Action and Hyatt Boycott Launch 

Date: Friday, Sept 13, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 12:30 PM 

Where: Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver

 

 

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Contact: Sharan Pawa, 604-725-0053, [email protected]

ALERT: Westin Bayshore workers issue strike notice; Westin joins Hotel Georgia, Hyatt in threat of strike action

Room attendants, front desk agents, cooks and other hospitality workers at the Westin Bayshore in downtown Vancouver, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, could walk off the job as early as this Saturday. Fed up with little progress in bargaining and without a contract for a year, Westin staff have issued their 72-hour strike notice as of 10:00am Wednesday, September 11th. Workers at the Hyatt Regency issued their 72-hour strike notice earlier this week, meaning picket lines could go up as soon as Thursday morning. The workers at the Hotel Georgia, Canada’s top-rated hotel, still face a lockout threat imposed by hotel management.

 

Employees of these high-end hotels want stable and sustainable jobs; the hotel industry expects full-time availability from staff without offering full-time hours, leading to increasingly precarious part-time and on-call work. An example of this is Westin’s “Green Choice Program” which encourages guests to skip room cleaning services under the false pretense of helping the environment. This systemic cutting of hours in the industry prevents workers from earning enough to support themselves and their families in Metro Vancouver.

 

For more information contact Sharan Pawa at 604-725-0053 or [email protected]

ALERT: Workers at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency follow Hotel Georgia staff in issuing strike notice

As of 10:00am on Monday, September 9th, UNITE HERE Local 40 hotel members issued 72-hour strike notice at the Hyatt Regency hotel; this means picket lines could go up as soon as Thursday morning. Workers at the Hotel Georgia issued their strike notice earlier this month, and could strike at any time. Hotel workers from the Westin Bayshore, Pinnacle and Four Seasons hotels are also part of the downtown hotel bargaining. Nearly 1,500 hotel workers and their families in the Metro Vancouver area are affected by current negotiations with the five hotels.

 

Workers at the Hyatt, as well as those at the other high-end hotels have been fighting for safer working conditions, stable jobs and livable wages over months of contract bargaining. Hyatt Regency staff, now without a contract for a year, are prepared to walk off the job to improve their working conditions and build a better future in the industry. Vancouver’s hospitality workers and their families are demanding “One job should be enough!” in a booming tourism industry, which contributes approximately $4.8 billion annually to the city’s economy.

 

For more information please contact Sharan Pawa at 604-725-0053 or [email protected]