Entries by Michelle Travis

Local 40 Members: Vote Yet?

BC General Election Day is October 20. To see a list of labour-endorsed candidates for mayor, council, school & park boards in your area, please click on the links below. Vancouver District Labour Council Endorsed Candidates (Vancouver and North Vancouver) New Westminster District Labour Council Endorsements (Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port […]

UNITE HERE! Local 40 issues 72 hour strike notice at UNBC!

Prince George – UNITE HERE! Local 40 members who serve food at UNBC have issued a 72 hour strike notice. The union represents workers at UNBC’s Agora Dining Hall and at Tim Hortons. The workers are employees of Chartwells, UNBC’s food service contractor. The union and the contractor have been engaged in contract negotiations for […]

Press Release: UNITE HERE joint press conference with the Vancouver Tenant’s Union and Arbutus Village residents

Residents and advocates say Arbutus Mall developer undercuts City of Vancouver’s housing strategy, planning process Vancouver – Arbutus residents, housing advocates and hospitality workers are urging Vancouver City Council to vote against a new rezoning amendment for Arbutus Centre (2133 Nanton Avenue). The groups want the city to reject the developer’s proposal because it betrays […]

YVR: First Class Airport, Second Class Jobs

Workers behind the concession counters at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) help make this North America’s #1 airport.  Workers take pride in welcoming the world to Vancouver while serving travelers a cup of coffee or a warm meal on the way to their destination. While workers love working at YVR, too many of them are earning […]

BC Premier John Horgan visits HMSHost workers at YVR!

  Local 40’s airport members made history this month! For the first time ever, the sitting BC Premier met with HMS Host workers at YVR on Thursday, June 14.  Premier John Horgan heard compelling stories from our members who discussed how YVR Airport squeezes contracted workers by keeping wages low, flipping contractors, and discouraging union […]

Local 40 Organizing Internships & Training Opportunities

Local 40 is building a progressive alliance of workers, students and community activists by training, agitating, and inspiring people to fight for justice. We place a lot of emphasis on training and fieldwork. People learn by doing, whether it’s hearing about the real situations of working people in a house visit, doing research on a […]

Statement by Zailda Chan, BC’s First Chinese Canadian Union President, about City of Vancouver’s Official Apology for Historical Discrimination against the Chinese community

(For Chinese language version, see below) April 20, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) – “This is a historical moment for many Chinese Canadians and especially for family like me who are descendants of Head Tax payers and Canadian railway workers. “It is important for Vancouverites to understand and acknowledge the history of Chinese segregation and racism in […]

Prince George Workers Hold Demonstration at Ramada

(Prince George, BC) On Thursday, April 19, hotel and food service workers from across the city converged outside the Ramada Prince George Hotel for a demonstration organized by members of UNITE HERE! Local 40. The workers were joined by several Prince George unions, campus groups, and community allies. Ramada workers, who have been in bargaining […]

Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport Workers Vote Yes to Unionize

Vancouver, BC – Workers at the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel voted resoundingly to join BC’s hospitality union, UNITE HERE Local 40.   In a vote count conducted by the Labour Relations Board this morning, workers from the hotel’s housekeeping, front desk, kitchen, banquet, restaurant and maintenance departments, voted heavily in favour of joining […]

Press Release: Hotel and airport workers elect BC’s first Chinese-Canadian union president

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2018 Vancouver, BC:  At 2pm today, Zailda Chan will be sworn in as President of UNITE HERE Local 40. Surrounded by the workers she represents at the Hyatt Hotel, Zailda Chan will celebrate alongside other newly-elected officers, Christina Bencze (Finance Secretary-Treasurer) and Nomelita (Noy) Paguio (Vice-President), all women. “Our new […]