Hospitality workers’ union will launch petition calling on wedding vendors to support locked-out women
WHAT: Locked out Hilton Metrotown hotel workers, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, will hold a rally today, Tuesday, March 8th, International Women’s Day to call on the hotel to respect BC’s #UnequalWomen by resolving the lockout and returning them to their pre-pandemic jobs. On this day, UNITE HERE Local 40 will also launch a petition urging wedding vendors to support Hilton Metrotown workers and avoid doing business with the hotel.
WHERE: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby
WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, March 8th at 2:00 PM (Pacific)
WHO: Locked out Hilton Metrotown workers and community allies.
WHY: As Hilton Metrotown launches marketing to women promoting the hotel as a wedding destination, UNITE HERE is calling on wedding vendors on International Women’s Day to support workers locked out at the hotel. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hilton Metrotown management terminated 97 long-term hotel housekeepers, dishwashers, cooks, servers, front desk, and other staff. Many of the workers terminated are women. Shortly after, the hotel locked out the rest on April 15, 2021. Workers have been on the picket line for 11 months.
VISUALS: Locked out hotel workers and community allies marching, chanting, and carrying red signs and noisemakers outside the Hilton Metrotown.
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 UniteHereLocal40.org.