August 7, 2017
Vancouver—Members of Unifor working at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new three-year contract.
"These negotiations were about securing fairness for hotel workers,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "With the strength of the union, these hard-working members at the Hotel Vancouver have achieved a contract that safeguards fair wages and gratuities, transparent scheduling, and good benefits, including a pension.”
Bargaining between Unifor and the employer went up to the deadline last week. On August 1, members of Local 4275 voted 97% of legal job action if a contract could not be reached by the weekend.
“The membership’s rock solid support of the bargaining committee sent a strong message to the company,” said Terry Tanasiuk, President of Unifor Local 4275. “Our members, like everyone else in Vancouver, are struggling with the increasing cost of living, especially housing. It was important to get an agreement that acknowledged that.”
Unifor says that new contract makes gains in wages, pension benefits, transit benefits, and enshrines a Women's Advocate in the workplace.