Day 3 of Hotel Workers’ Hunger Strike Brings Multi-City Actions: Vancouver City Councillor to Fast Outside NDP MLA Office; Car Caravan in Downtown Victoria

For Immediate Release – August 12, 2020

#Fast4OurJobs continues outside BC Legislature

Vancouver, BC — Today B.C. hotel workers enter the third day of their hunger strike outside the BC Legislature.  To support fasting hotel workers, Vancouver City Councillor Jean Swanson will participate in a public fast outside the office of NDP MLA for Vancouver-West End, Spencer Chandra Herbert.  Meanwhile in Victoria, a community car caravan will be held this afternoon near the BC Legislature. Hotel workers were among the first and hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic and will be among the last to return to work. Fasting workers and their community allies are urging the province to give 50,000 hotel workers a legal right to return to their jobs as the industry recovers.


WHAT:             Vancouver City Councillor Jean Swanson to fast outside MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert’s office today in support of BC’s 50,000 hotel workers.

WHEN:             Wednesday, August 12

TIME:               10AM – 6PM

WHERE:           923 Denman Street, Vancouver BC



WHAT:             #Fast4OurJobs Community Car Caravan

WHEN:             Wednesday, August 12

TIME:               5PM – 6:30PM

WHO:              Hunger strikers, community and labour supporters and hospitality members of UNITE HERE Local 40

WHERE:           BC Legislature, 501 Belleville Street, Victoria BC.

VISUALS:          Workers and community allies wearing masks, standing 2 metres apart, chanting and speaking with colourful banners, signs, and bullhorns; dozens of cars honking with signs and flags.


 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


Contacts: Stephanie Fung, 604-928-7356,; or

Michelle Travis, 778-960-9785,