Entries by Michelle Travis

BCGEU supports historic Unite Here Local 40 strike with $3 million loan

Media Release—For Immediate Release Tuesday, October 8, 2019 VANCOUVER—Today Stephanie Smith, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), and a group of BCGEU members, joined Unite Here Local 40 members on the picket line at the Westin Bayshore to announce that the BCGEU—one of BC’s largest and fastest growing unions—is supporting the […]

Media Advisory: Rosewood Hotel Georgia Strikers to Hold Major Action at Hotel one Week After Management Stormed Out of Negotiations

What: Hotel Georgia Striker Action When: Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5pm Where: Meet at the Hotel Georgia, 801 W Georgia St, Vancouver Who: UNITE HERE Local 40 hotel workers on strike at Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia, including hotel room attendants, cooks, front desk workers, and bellmen. Note: Frontline UNITE HERE Local 40 strikers on strike […]

Press Release: Pacific Reach Properties’ Sexual Harassment Scandal Deepens as Two More Complaints Are Filed Against Hotel Owner Already Under Scrutiny for Widespread Sexual Harassment Practices at Hotel Georgia

Vancouver – Two new sexual harassment complaints have been filed against a Pacific Reach Properties hotel, the hotel owner already under media scrutiny for sexual harassment at a second downtown Vancouver hotel they own, Hotel Georgia. Hotel Georgia workers recently walked out on strike, in part over Pacific Reach Properties’ egregiously dangerous working conditions for […]

TOMORROW: Striking Hotel Workers Will Hold Citywide Mass Action as they Ask Whose City?, Demand a Safe Workplace, Basic Job Security, and Wages That Are Enough to Survive in Vancouver

What: Vancouver hotel strike demonstration When: Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 5pm Where: Meet at the Hyatt Vancouver, at West Georgia and Burrard Who: UNITE HERE Local 40 hotel workers on strike at four downtown Vancouver hotels, including hotel room attendants, cooks, front desk workers, and bellmen. Note: Frontline UNITE HERE Local 40 hotel workers […]

Media Advisory: BREAKING! Hotel Georgia workers launch indefinite strike for the first time in hotel’s history

Over 200 hospitality workers at the Hotel Georgia, members of UNITE HERE Local 40, walked off the job last night around midnight after negotiations with the hotel broke down. The walkout follows strikes at Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels this week. A strike is unprecedented at Hotel Georgia, rated the #1 hotel […]

Media Advisory: BREAKING! Three downtown Vancouver hotels – Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore, Pinnacle Harbourfront – launch indefinite strike over need for safe and stable work

This morning, hundreds of hotel workers from the Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, walked off the job in an open-ended strike. This escalation in the dispute follows a lunch hour strike held on Tuesday. After fourteen months of bargaining the hotels have failed to address significant […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Historic strike action today; Workers from Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin, Pinnacle hotels to hold lunch hour strike

For the first time in nearly two decades, Vancouver’s downtown hospitality workers – from the  Hotel Georgia, Hyatt, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels – will walk off the job in a coordinated lunch hour strike, fighting to change the hotel industry into one which provides safe and stable work. The workers will gather outside […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Fourth downtown hotel – Pinnacle Harbourfront – issues strike notice; Hyatt Workers to hold picket today

Yesterday, Pinnacle Harbourfront hotel became the latest downtown hotel to join Hotel Georgia, Hyatt and Westin in issuing strike notice. Workers at these prominent Vancouver hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, have been without a collective agreement for up to 14 months and are prepared to strike in order to achieve better working conditions. […]

ALERT: Westin Bayshore workers issue strike notice; Westin joins Hotel Georgia, Hyatt in threat of strike action

Room attendants, front desk agents, cooks and other hospitality workers at the Westin Bayshore in downtown Vancouver, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, could walk off the job as early as this Saturday. Fed up with little progress in bargaining and without a contract for a year, Westin staff have issued their 72-hour strike notice […]