Press Advisory: Statement by UNITE HERE Local 40 President re: BC tourism sector’s request for $680 million government bailout

Press Advisory

July 21, 2020

Media Contacts: Michelle Travis, 778-960-9785,;
or Stephanie Fung, 604-928-7356,

Vancouver, BC – Statement by Zailda Chan, President of UNITE HERE Local 40:

“If BC’s tourism sector wants an extraordinary $680 million relief package from the province, then 50,000 laid-off hotel workers need a legal right to return to their jobs as hotels reopen.There is no doubt the industry and its workers have been hard-hit, but we are watching major hotel employers use the pandemic as an excuse to fire laid-off workers and undercut labour standards.Any future emergency grants or property tax relief to the sector needs to put workers first.No industry should be getting government relief without a guarantee that laid-off workers have the legal right to return to their jobs as businesses recover.”


UNITE HERE Local 40 is the hospitality workers’ union and represents members in the hotel, food service and airport industries throughout British Columbia.Learn more at