October, 2019 - On Thursday, September 19, hundreds of hotel workers from the Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, walked off the job in an open-ended strike. After fourteen months of bargaining the hotels have failed to address significant outstanding issues related to workload, safety and job security. Room attendants, chefs, front desk agents and other staff of the high-end hotels are holding downtown strike actions for the first time in nearly two decades, united in their fight to change the industry into one which offers safe, stable and sustainable jobs.
On September 21, over 200 hospitality workers at the Hotel Georgia walked off the job around midnight after negotiations with the hotel broke down. The walkout follows strikes at Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels. A strike is unprecedented at Hotel Georgia, rated the #1 hotel in Canada by U.S. News and World Report and regarded as an iconic hotel in Vancouver. Now without a contract for eight months, the workers are demanding respect and working conditions which match the five-star service they provide on a daily basis to the hotel’s clientele.
"We support these hotel workers who have had to strike in downtown Vancouver and encourage any of our members who have reservations or who are planning a stay or to eat or meet at the Westin Bayshore, Hyatt Regency, Pinnacle Harbourfront or at the Hotel Georgia to make other arrangements until this dispute is settled," said Local 258 IBEW Business Manager Doug McKay.
If you are staying at one of the hotels above or know of an event or conference that will be taking place at the hotels, please contact Octavian Cadabeschi at OCadabeschi@unitehere.org to learn about your options and how you can help.