TORONTO — More hotel workers in Toronto and Mississauga held votes to leave their American union and join Unifor.
Approximately 215 hotel workers joined Unifor after votes were held at hotels across Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., voicing their intention to leave the American union that had placed their old local in trusteeship.
“When given the choice, these workers have sent a clear signal that they want to be members of a union that listens to their concerns and treats them with respect,” says Unifor national president Jerry Dias. “I am humbled that they have chosen Unifor.”
In the span of a week, almost 800 workers have voted to leave Unite Here, the U.S.-based union, to become members of the newly formed Unifor Local 7575, including those who voted at Delta Toronto Airport hotels. Workers at the Doubletree Metropolitan and King Edward hotels narrowly voted to stay with the American union.
Votes will also be held on Feb. 7, at the Hilton Downtown, Toronto Don Valley, Sheraton Toronto Airport and Four Points Airport hotels. The results of a vote last week at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Toronto are sealed in a dispute with Unite Here.
Votes to leave Unite Here Local 75 began on Jan. 29, weeks after the American parent union placed the local into trusteeship, despite repeated membership votes to not trustee the local. It also removed elected officers and seized the local’s assets.