VANCOUVER — Unifor, a union representing more than 18,000 workers in Canada, is working with several hotels in downtown Vancouver and Victoria to help hospitality workers share in the economic success of the hotel industry.
Workers at the Hotel Vancouver, the Coast Coal Harbour, the Residence Inn and the Hotel Grand Pacific are looking to make gains during a time of strong sales and profits. They will join Unifor members at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, who made substantial gains in 2016 bargaining.
Unifor will deal with core workplace issues such as reducing housekeeping workloads and increasing gratuities, but the union is also eager to enshrine social-justice language in the new contracts, including a program dealing with domestic abuse and funding a women’s advocate.
“We have ambitious goals in this round of bargaining to ensure that our members share in the gains made by their hotels,” says Mario Santos, Unifor national representative. “A unionized workplace is a safe workplace where workers are treated with respect and paid fairly for their labour.”