Media Advisory: Vancouver City Councillor and Downtown Hotel Workers to hold Press Conference calling for Investigation into Pan Pacific Vancouver’s Actions during Pandemic

For Immediate Release:

Press conference to be held outside Pan Pacific Vancouver, Thursday, July 28, 5PM

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver’s hospitality workers are raising alarms about mistreatment of staff at Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Today, July 28 at 5:00pm, downtown hospitality workers, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, and Vancouver City Councillor Christine Boyle will hold a press conference to call for an investigation into Pan Pacific Vancouver’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotel terminated nearly 100 hotel workers, primarily women of colour, during the height of the public health crisis. They are among 200 people who management is refusing to bring back to their pre-pandemic jobs. In the meantime, the hotel is hiring dozens of new workers a month for positions throughout the hotel.

Pan Pacific Vancouver workers voted to unionize in August 2020 over mass terminations. Since then, workers have faced management’s refusal to return long-term staff to their jobs, unfair labour practices, and delays in bargaining a first contract.

Date:   Today — Thursday, July 28, 2022

Time: 5:00 PM

Where: In front of Pan Pacific Vancouver, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC.

Visuals: Dozens of hospitality workers and their supporters holding red and white signs.

Contact: Michelle Travis,, 778-960-9785



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