Press Conference: 1,200 BC Hotel Workers Served 72-Hour Lockout Notice; UNITE HERE Local 40 to Address Hotel Industry Lockout Threat

Over 1200 hospitality workers could be locked out this Friday, April 30

Vancouver, BC — UNITE HERE Local 40 will host a press conference today, Thursday April 29, to address a 72-hour lockout notice issued by Hospitality Industrial Relations, an employer group representing 32 hotels, motels, and liquor stores across BC.  Over 1,200 hospitality workers and their families in 14 communities will be affected. Hotel employers are refusing to commit to retain their workers – mostly women and people of colour who served their hotels for years – to get through the COVID-19 crisis.  The lockout notice comes just as the Province announced they will provide an additional $25 million in ‘circuit breaker’ grants to hotel operators – on top of $120 million announced last week to aid the economic recovery of the tourism sector.

WHO:  Robert Demand, Executive Director, UNITE HERE Local 40, and affected hotel members. 

WHEN:  Thursday, April 29, 2021

TIME12:30 PM Pacific Time

WHERE:  Via Zoom; RSVP at

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