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 SPawa@Local40Union.com