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Workers protest “fake” green initiatives at Toronto hotels

A report in today’s Toronto Star describes the “fake” green initiatives some hotels are employing to cut housekeepers’ jobs. The Sheraton Toronto Centre encourages guests to refuse housekeeping services under its “Green Choice Program,” claiming it will “conserve natural resources” and is better for the environment. In return, the hotel gives the guests who refuse […]

HIR hotel workers contract victory!

2000 hotel workers in BC ratified a new union contract that includes a major victory in housekeeping workload improvements as well as a 6% wage increase, improved dental and vision benefits and a more than 30% increase in employer pension contributions. Housekeepers played a key leadership role in bargaining the HIR contract. Their workload victory […]

HMS Host workers at YVR ratify new contract by 98%

HMS Host workers at YVR overwhelmingly ratified a new union contract today by a vote of 98%. The Host workers won job security improvements in all units, a pathway for Milestones workers to transfer to the new White Spot restaurant, layoff and recall rights, significant wage gains, increased pension contributions and better union access at […]

UNITE HERE’s Cleve Jones named Grand Marshal of 2009 Vancouver Pride Parade

Cleve Jones, leader of UNITE HERE’s Sleep with the Right People campaign, is back in Vancouver for this year’s Pride Parade on August 2. Cleve is a Grand Marshal of the 2009 Pride Parade in honour of his decades of activism and leadership in the LGBT community. Cleve got his start as a young activist […]