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)
For any questions please contact [email protected]
Thank you, The UNITE HERE Local 40 Team
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, June 5, 2019; 12PM PST CANCELLED
Contact: Michelle Travis, (778) 960-9785, [email protected]
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 of, Canadian companies tied to Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese-state owned enterprise. Anbang owns Canadian nursing home chain, Retirement Concepts, and has ties to Canada’s largest hotel company, InnVest Hotels.
Masse is calling on Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien to launch an investigation into privacy and security risks to Canadian customers, employees and operators of Chinese state-controlled Anbang and Bluesky, whose ownership is murky and its president is a former Anbang executive. The two companies have access to large troves of personally identifiable information on thousands of Canadian workers, seniors, and hotel guests.
Mounting tensions between Canada and China, in addition to news about the Chinese state’s involvement in cyber attacks, such as the intrusion into the Marriott chain compromising the personal information of nearly 500 million Starwood guests over a four-year period, should prompt Ottawa to review these investments in long-term care and hospitality.
UNITE HERE has been meeting with MP’s this week to call for action to protect workers and others whose information may be vulnerable. UNITE HERE represents hospitality workers that work in businesses owned by Pacific Reach Properties, the operator of Retirement Concepts, and Bluesky-owned InnVest Hotels. The Union sent a letter to Minister Bains and Minister Goodale earlier this month questioning whether Anbang is still compliant under the Investment Canada Act since becoming a state-owned enterprise and how Ottawa is securing Canadians’ sensitive personal data under Anbang and Bluesky’s control.
“China’s control over Anbang and its relationship to Bluesky deserves deeper scrutiny. Would Ottawa approve either of these deals today, particularly given the Chinese state’s takeover of Anbang and its aggressive posture toward Canada?” asked Zailda Chan, president of UNITE HERE’s B.C. Local.
An affiliate of Pacific Reach Properties sold a controlling stake in Retirement Concepts to Anbang in 2017. Ottawa approved the $1 billion transaction over strong objections from critics. One year later, the Beijing-based company was seized by Chinese authorities who subsequently transferred ownership to the state. Reports suggest Anbang may have also been behind the acquisition of InnVest Hotels, which holds a portfolio of 80 hotels across Canada. InnVest was acquired by a shell company, Bluesky Hotels, and is fronted by a former Anbang executive.
Contact: Michelle Travis
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (778) 960-9785
On May 22, 2019, the Local 40 Executive Board voted to recommend that the Local move its office to a new location in downtown Vancouver upon the completion of its current lease on September 30, 2019.
Local 40’s President calls for a Special Membership Meeting for the purpose of reviewing and voting on this recommendation.
The Special Membership Meeting shall be held:
Friday, June 7 at 5pm
SFU Harbour Centre
UPDATE: Room HC1530
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Contract-flipping at YVR may continue despite looming changes to provincial, federal code
Vancouver – UNITE HERE Local 40, which represents contracted foodservice workers at YVR Airport, held a press conference today to urge Vancouver Airport Authority to rehire the 90 foodservice workers who work at three contracted units and who stand to lose their jobs due to contract-flipping.
As the NDP Government tables legislation to amend the BC Labour Code and extend successorship protections to contracted foodservice workers, Vancouver Airport Authority CEO Craig Richmond says YVR will only promise job interviews for the 90 workers at HMSHost, the operator of the airport White Spot, Brioche Doree and Burger King. Mr. Richmond said at a YVR’s recent annual meeting they won’t guarantee the 90 workers will be rehired by incoming contractors – despite the forthcoming law change. YVR retendered HMSHost’s contract and awarded the bid to a new contractor who will takeover operation of the outlets in fall 2019 and early 2020.
“We want YVR, as a community leader, and an economic leader, to embrace the new successorship law. No ifs, ands, or buts. YVR should make it their policy that all YVR contractors must hire current staff and that workers keep their wages, their benefits, and their union contract, said Robert Demand, Executive Director, UNITE HERE Local 40.
Federal and provincial levels of government have acted recently to address contract-flipping. In December, the federal government passed legislation that will protect some workers in federally-regulated sectors from contract-flipping, such as security guards and maintenance staff at airports. At the provincial level, the B.C. government recently made changes that protects workers from contract-flipping in the health care sector. The Province recently introduced legislation to reform the BC Labour Code, including the extension of successorship protections to contracted foodservice, janitorial, security and transportation workers.
For more information contact: Michelle Travis at (778) 960-9785 or [email protected]