Join UNITE HERE in Two-City Protest!
— Immigrant workers in Vancouver & Toronto stand up for respect at Larco Hospitality —
This Wednesday, UNITE HERE members in Vancouver and Toronto will hold demonstrations at hotels owned and operated by Larco to protest the company’s treatment of workers, many of whom are immigrants. Hotel workers are calling on Larco Hospitality to end years of disrespect and to raise standards at their hotels.
Larco workers in Vancouver, represented by UNITE HERE Local 40, will demonstrate at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Larco employees at the Sheraton earn, on average, $5,000 a year less than workers at comparable hotels. The rally is the latest in a series of protests held by workers to protest heavy workloads and lower wage and benefit standards at the Sheraton compared to other high-end hotels. Larco has been resistant to calls by Sheraton workers to bargain independently, like Larco does with workers at all of their other unionized hotels.
On the same day, Toronto hotel workers will hold a protest at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel, located in the Rogers Centre. They will be joined by workers holding simultaneous actions at other Larco-owned hotels, the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville and the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel. In July, workers at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel voted to join UNITE HERE Local 75. Local 75 filed charges with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against Larco Hospitality for repeatedly breaking provincial labour law in an attempt to interfere with the workers’ right to organize. A labour board hearing will be held at the end of November.
For more information about Wednesday’s action, please contact Michelle Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org.