Entries by Michelle Travis

UNITE HERE! Canada Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

On March 30, 2020, UNITE HERE leadership from across Canada held a tele-press conference to speak on the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on workers nationwide. Listen to a complete recording of the conference. For press coverage, see below: Canadian Press – Hospitality workers ‘hit first and hit hardest’ says union seeking more […]


RSVP: https://forms.gle/oLF7jfgZyDVfQ5Ls7 Hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE to host tele-press conference on impact of COVID-19 on industry’s frontline workers in Canada WHAT: Tele-press conference with UNITE HERE Canada union leadership to discuss the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on workers nationwide in industries as diverse as hotels, stadiums, airlines and food service. With […]

Message from President Zailda Chan to Local 40 Members

Dear UNITE HERE Local 40 members, The COVID-19 global health pandemic is impacting all workers in the hospitality industry in ways that none of us would have ever imagined. With the drastic downturn of tourism, border closures and public health measures, I know a majority of UNITE HERE Local 40’s members working across British Columbia in airports, hotels, food service and camps are facing economic hardships never […]

COVID-19: Government & Community Resources

UNITE HERE Local 40: Questions about applying for Employment Insurance FAQ Your Medical Benefits FAQ Quick Links: BC Covid-19 Symptom Self Assessment Tool Community Savings Credit Union – 6 Month Interest-Free Line of Credit BCHydro Customer Crisis Fund Federal Resources: Employment Insurance (Service Canada):  To apply for EI, click here. Concerns regarding your Record of […]

Job Opportunities for Local 40 Members!

Local 40 has been working with Compass Group to allow for Local 40 members to be offered positions IMMEDIATELY in area hospitals as casual cleaning employees. Casual Employees needed at the following locations: Vancouver Metro Area, Squamish, Comox, Campbell River, Whistler, Saanich, Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Powell River. Pay Rates vary slightly but start at $17.10 […]

Statement from UNITE HERE Local 40 President Zailda Chan re: COVID-19 Impact on Hospitality Workers

For Immediate Release: Over 60,000 B.C. hospitality workers are reeling from the blunt economic trauma hitting our industry due to the spread of the new coronavirus.  In the span of one week, our members and tens of thousands other hospitality workers in hotels, restaurants and food service workers who prepare meals for airlines, airport travelers, […]


To download a PDF of this information, please click here.   How long will my Union Health Benefits last if I’ve been laid off? All of our union members have different eligibility depending on your workplace. Please call Member Service Centre between 9am and 430pm at 604-294-4441, state your first and last name and your […]

COVID-19 UPDATE: For Workers Who Need to Apply for Employment Insurance

APPLYING FOR EI Note: Benefits under Employment Insurance and other benefit programs are changing quickly as the situation with COVID-19/Coronavirus develops. This document reflects changes through March 17, 2020. (Click here for a PDF Version of this information)   Am I eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)? To qualify for regular benefits you must have received […]