Entries by Michelle Travis

Vancouver’s hotel workers hold protest at Rosewood Hotel Georgia – Workers demand better industry standards and call for an end to precarious work

Vancouver – Hotel workers from downtown Vancouver’s most prestigious hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, held a protest on Tuesday, May 14th outside of Rosewood Hotel Georgia, named the #1 hotel in Canada by U.S. News & World Report. Rosewood Hotel Georgia, a luxury hotel charging up to $7,000 per night for a suite, […]

UNITE HERE urges Federal Ministers to protect Canadians data in hotels, nursing homes with ties to the People’s Republic of China

China’s latest threats cause concern over security, privacy risks For Immediate Release Vancouver, May 9, 2019 – UNITE HERE, the union for hospitality workers, is formally urging Ottawa to assess the security and privacy risks stemming from the Chinese government’s control of a Canadian nursing home chain and its ties to Canada’s largest hotel company. […]

Prince George Hospitality Workers Rising!

UNITE HERE! Local 40 members living in Prince George have won multiple contract victories across the city over the past six months. By supporting one another across several labour disputes, and with the support of allied unions and community members, Local 40 members have reached strong contract settlements that have improved the lives of hundreds […]

PRESS RELEASE: Local 40 members see major wins in Victoria

Victoria – UNITE HERE! Local 40 members in Victoria have been on a roll over the past few weeks, having secured not one, but two major contract victories in the last month. In late November, YYJ Airport food service workers secured a foundational contract that includes significant wage increases, a new pension, workload protection, and […]

News Release: Contract flip at YVR Airport puts 90 food service workers’ jobs at risk

VANCOUVER – Approximately 90 contracted airport food service workers could lose their jobs due to Vancouver Airport Authority’s recent decision to switch food service operators. The workers, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, will have to reapply for the jobs or face being replaced by non-union workers earning minimum wage to perform the same work. […]

Workers at the Ramada Prince George Hotel secure new contract

PRESS RELEASE New agreement includes a $3 increase and significant medical improvements. Contact: Octavian Cadabeschi Phone: 604-813-2105 E-mail: [email protected] Hotel workers at the Ramada Plaza in downtown Prince George have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with their employer today. The agreement brings to an end a protracted labor dispute at the hotel and significantly increases […]

Local 40 Supports Sheila Malcolmson in the Nanaimo By-Election!

Vote Sheila! Every vote counts! Cast your vote at the locations below. Bring your Voting Card with you, or 2 pieces of ID including one with your address. For more information about voting please visit www.Elections.BC.ca. Voting Dates & Places   Tues Jan 29th, 8am to 5pm Elections Office (#201 – 65 Front Street)   Wed Jan 30th, 8am […]

Notice: 2019 General Membership Meetings & Union Dues

2019 General Membership Meetings  *Times & locations to be announced January 30th April 24th July 31st October 30th   Union Dues  Pursuant to Article 17, section 1(a) of the UNITE HERE Constitution there is a mandated $1.00 increase to dues for those who work 79 hours or less a month. The minimum dues will increase […]

Union, Community call on City of Richmond to Support Chinese Workers Facing Discrimination for Union Activity

UNITE HERE Local 40 files complaint with B.C. Human Rights Tribunal Richmond, BC – When the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport changed ownership a year ago, approximately 80% of the hotel staff were Chinese.  The predominantly Chinese staff organized to join UNITE HERE Local 40, but within one year, management reduced the number of […]

Press Release: Prince George Coast workers protest lockout threat

Prince George – Today, Coast Hotel workers, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, and their labour allies held a demonstration at the Coast Inn of the North against the company’s lockout threat. On Tuesday, Coast Hotels issued a 72-hour lockout notice at Coast Inn of the North, Coast Bastion in Nanaimo, and Coast Victoria Harbourside. […]