MEDIA ADVISORY: COVID-19 Layoff Extensions Expiring at Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel; Women ask Pan Pacific: Are You Firing More of Us as Recovery Nears?

Press Conference & Protest to be held Today at 12PM

Vancouver, BC — UNITE HERE Local 40 will hold a rally and press conference this Tuesday with Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel workers whose jobs are at risk despite COVID-19 layoff extensions.  The jobs of Pan Pacific workers who escaped earlier rounds of mass terminations may be on the chopping block this week.  The affected workers, many of them immigrant women who have worked at the hotel for up to 30 years, understood they were covered under a variance of B.C.’s temporary layoff provisions.  However, the Ministry of Labour informed them they could soon be terminated.  The hotel is owned by an affiliate of Westmont Hospitality Group, the world’s largest privately-owned hotel group.

WHAT: Pan Pacific Hotel workers press conference and rally.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23 at 12PM (Pacific)

WHERE: Canada Place, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

WHO: Zailda Chan, President of UNITE HERE Local 40, and Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel workers.

VISUALS: Hotel workers outside Pan Pacific Vancouver, holding colourful banners and signs and chanting with bullhorns, wearing masks and physically distanced.

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


UNITE HERE Local 40 is a labour union representing workers in the hotel, food service and airport industries throughout British Columbia. Learn more at