Press Release – Turkish Airlines Shuttle Driver Runs Over Picketing Hotel Worker

Richmond, BC, Canada — “Last night, shuttle drivers for Turkish Airline crews hit one of our members, a hotel worker picketing outside the Hilton Vancouver Airport hotel.  We are outraged by the callous disregard shown for hotel workers fighting for a living wage.  Not only was our member struck twice, once in the torso by one car and, again, over his foot by a second shuttle car, other picketers were nearly struck due to drivers’ aggressive recklessness,” said Zailda Chan, President of UNITE HERE Local 40.

 

The drivers departed the scene before police arrived.

 

For months, workers on strike at Sheraton Vancouver Airport, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, have repeatedly urged Turkish Airlines and the union which represents the flight crews, the Turkish Civil Aviation Union, to stop sending their flight crews to stay behind a picket line at the Hilton YVR hotel in Richmond, Canada.

 

Larco Hospitality operates the Sheraton, Hilton, and Marriott Vancouver Airport hotels, which form British Columbia’s largest hotel complex. The hotels regularly accommodate flight crews landing at YVR Airport, including those of Turkish Airlines. Since Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel workers launched their strike for living wages, six airlines have withdrawn their business from the hotel complex.

 

Contact: Michelle Travis, mtravis@unitehere.org, 1+ 778 960-9785