One Day Longer, One Year Later: As Tourism Rebounds, Hilton Metrotown Workers Mark 1-Year Lockout with Mass Action While Customers Go Elsewhere

Burnaby, B.C. — Hilton Metrotown workers will rally today to commemorate BC’s longest hotel worker lockout where they have picketed for 365 days, including holidays. Workers will pledge to continue their efforts in front of the hotel and reach out to customers. Customer groups have continued to move events and stay away from the hotel until its owner resolves the lockout. The BC Federation of Labour endorsed a customer boycott of the hotel in 2021, and $2 million worth of union customer business is estimated to have been lost since the lockout began. Lufthansa crew members moved their accommodations away from the hotel last year.

The rally will feature an urgent call for Hilton Metrotown and DSDL Canada Investments — a subsidiary of Seoul-based DSDL Co. — to resolve the lockout and bring workers back ahead of tourism picking up this spring. Workers at the hotel were locked out on April 15, 2021 after Hilton Metrotown terminated nearly 100 long-term staff. Many of those impacted are women and people of colour.

“While the business class wants us to believe there’s a labour shortage, the Hilton Metrotown is refusing to return their long-term staff who want to work. Workers will continue to reach out to customers and investors, and picket the hotel for as long as it takes!” said Zailda Chan, president of UNITE HERE Local 40.

WHO:            Over 400 locked out Hilton Metrotown workers, Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley and other elected officials, labour and community allies from across the lower mainland.

WHERE:        6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC

WHEN:          TODAY, Thursday, April 14 at 5:00 P.M.

VISUALS:     Hotel workers, elected officials, and community allies chanting, marching, and speaking with colourful banners, signs, and bullhorns.

Locked out Hilton Metrotown workers and UNITE HERE Local 40 representatives will be made available for interviews.

For additional information, please contact:
Stephanie Fung, 604-928-7356, [email protected]

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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.