Entries by Michelle Travis

Press Release: Female staff report pervasive sexual harassment at iconic Hotel Georgia, Human rights complaint filed against Canada’s top-rated hotel

VANCOUVER – In response to a new wave of reports of sexual harassment experienced by some staff at Vancouver’s Hotel Georgia, certain female employees have filed a human rights complaint against the hotel for gender discrimination, an overly-sexualized work environment and failure to respond appropriately to incidents of harassment or assault in the workplace. UNITE […]

In Memorium: Jean Poulton

UNITE HERE Local 40 mourns the passing of Jean Poulton, a long time union representative who served our members for twenty years.  Jean passed away on July 24 after a long illness.  She was a tough, caring fighter for Local 40 members. Jean had a wisecracking sense of humour and a talent for photography and […]

UPDATE: Vancouver City Hall Listened to Women!

We’d like to thank those who joined over 200 community members and hotel workers at Vancouver City Hall on Tuesday July 23 to combat pervasive sexual harassment and assault in the hospitality industry. The City Council responded to the community on Wednesday July 24 by voting UNANIMOUSLY for Councillor Christine Boyle and Councillor Jean Swanson’s […]

Press Release: Women call on City of Vancouver to address pervasive sexual harassment in the hospitality industry, Incidents at Canada’s top-rated Rosewood Hotel Georgia prompt action

VANCOUVER – Several women who work at the Hotel Georgia, Canada’s top-rated hotel, have recently come forward with sexual assault and harassment complaints. The treatment of female staff by Pacific Reach Properties, the owner of the Hotel Georgia, exemplifies the culture of the hospitality industry in Vancouver.  The owner’s newest hotel, the Hotel Belmont, portrays […]

Media Advisory: Hotel workers call out sexual violence in Vancouver hospitality industry, Hotel Georgia singled out

WHAT: UNITE HERE Local 40 will hold a press conference outside of Hotel Georgia this Tuesday at 11:00AM followed by a protest at Vancouver City Hall at 5:00PM in response to persistent sexual harassment and assault reports from women working in Vancouver hotels and restaurants. These reports include an incident of assault on a female […]

Press Release: Rosewood Hotel Georgia staff highlight disparity at Canada’s #1 hotel

VANCOUVER – Staff at Canada’s top-rated hotel, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, held a boisterous demonstration yesterday in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  Nearly three hundred workers and supporters gathered outside the luxury hotel to protest working conditions that do not meet its five-star standard.  The hotel has been rated the #1 hotel in the country, with […]

UNITE HERE Local 40 Bylaw Amendments

Proposed bylaw amendments will be discussed and voted on during UNITE HERE Local 40’s General Membership Meeting taking place: Wednesday, July 31st at 5pm  BCIT Downtown Vancouver – Rm 54 (555 Seymour Street) Click here to view or download the bylaw amendments For any questions please contact [email protected] Thank you, The UNITE HERE Local 40 […]

UPDATE: UNITE HERE Local 40 Press Conference at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Vancouver – Today’s press conference, scheduled for today at 12PM, has been cancelled so that the parties can meet and attempt a resolution of all related concerns over a 10-day period. WHAT:          UNITE HERE Local 40 press conference at Rosewood Hotel Georgia WHERE:        Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W. Georgia, Vancouver WHEN:          Wednesday, […]

PRESS RELEASE: UNITE HERE, NDP MP Brian Masse call for investigation into privacy, security risks for Canadian companies tied to Chinese state-owned Anbang

Masse urges federal Privacy Commissioner to investigate concerns Ottawa – UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union, and MP Brian Masse (Windsor West), NDP Critic for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, held a press conference today on Parliament Hill to raise questions about privacy and security risks faced by those working in, or in the care […]