TORONTO — Workers at two Toronto hotels are reported to have signed membership cards signaling their decision to join Unifor, according to Canadian Labour Reporter.

According to reports, the American parent union placed the local into trusteeship in early January. This involved a dispute over the right of the local to set its own direction, including in bargaining. Reports say the union moved to remove elected officers and seize the local’s assets.

The majority of workers at the Marriott Yorkville and Courtyard Marriott hotels in downtown Toronto signed membership cards to join Unifor. With their collective agreements set to expire on Jan. 31, the workers are in an open period and so can choose to switch to another union, according to Unifor.

A vote to formally confirm the move to Unifor is expected soon.


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