UNITE HERE Local 40 to Hold Press Conference to Address Hilton Vancouver Metrotown’s Lockout Threat; Burnaby Mayor to Join in Support of Fired Hotel Workers
UNITE HERE Local 40 will host a press conference today to address Hilton Vancouver Metrotown’s 72-hour lockout notice which was served this morning. Last week, the hotel terminated 22 long-term workers — bringing total job losses to nearly 100. Workers have been on partial strike since February 2021. Several large union customers, BC Teachers Federation, BCGEU, HEU, MoveUP, and PSAC BC, have vowed they will not patronize the hotel until they commit to return workers, most of whom are women and people of colour, to their jobs as business recovers. Hilton is leading the industry-wide attack on hotel workers in the province by attempting to roll back economic gains made by workers over the years and replacing them with cheaper hires.