Entries by Michelle Travis

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 […]

UNITE HERE Local 40 Job Posting: Communications Specialist/Digital Campaigner (PT/FT)

Summary: UNITE HERE is a progressive labour union, dedicated to creating greater equality and opportunity for workers in the hospitality industry. Communications Specialists are embedded in local worker campaigns and play a crucial role in designing comprehensive communications strategies using digital platforms, earned media and multi-media tools to raise the visibility of worker struggles. As […]

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 […]

Cafeteria workers demand UNBC take action on poverty wages!

Local 40 members stand strong during tough negotiations at UNBC.  In late January, UNBC food service workers were joined by students, faculty, and community allies in a protest action to demand that the university take responsibility for the low wages paid to Tim Hortons and cafeteria workers on campus. Despite months of negotiations, Compass Group, continues to offer wage […]