Entries by Michelle Travis

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 […]

Press Release: New Survey Reveals Women at Hotel on Brink of Strike Have Been Sexually Harassed at Work

VANCOUVER – A new survey of hotel workers at five major downtown hotels reveals that more women workers at Hotel Georgia report experiencing sexual harassment – guests showing sexual texts or pictures, making unwelcome sexual jokes, comments or asking sexual questions, and guests attempting to touch workers – than the female staff of any of […]

ALERT: Downtown hotel strike looms as workers vote in favour of strike at four hotels; Hotel Georgia threatens lockout

Amid the booming tourist season, this week hotel workers from Hyatt, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle voted 89% in favour of taking strike action, while Hotel Georgia workers voted 84% yes for a strike mandate on August 7. In response, the Hotel Georgia issued a lockout notice effective Thursday, August 22. A lockout would be unprecedented […]

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 […]