Hospitality Gaming

Unifor members ratify Manitoba Lotteries contract

WINNIPEG—Wage increases, a signing bonus and shift premiums are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified by Unifor Local 144 members at the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation.

“The previous conservative government left gaming sector workers behind,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The gains in this contract help address the economic circumstances workers face, including the rising cost of living.”

Unifor members at Manitoba Lotteries reach tentative agreement

WINNIPEG—Unifor Local 144 members will vote on a contract later this week after negotiations produced a tentative agreement today.

“Our members at Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries demonstrated to the employer they were fed up with the status quo,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Their solidarity and skilled bargaining has resulted in a contract they can be proud of.”

Security workers at Pickering Casino join Unifor

Unifor will welcome more than 40 new members from the security department at the Pickering Casino Resort after they voted 97% in favour of joining. Local 1090 already represents workers on the casino gaming floor.

After a tragic workplace fatality among security personnel in October 2023, Local 1090’s gaming unit chairperson helped provide support and assistance.

“After an unspeakable tragedy, security workers at Pickering Casino Resort turned anger into hope and formed a union to better protect themselves at work,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

Unifor members ratify new contract with Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

VANCOUVER—Major wage increases and more manageable workloads are key features of a new three-year contract with the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ratified today by Unifor members.

“Unifor members make the Hotel Vancouver one of the most desirable hotels in the country,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “They have negotiated an outstanding collective agreement that leads the industry and helps set a standard for upcoming negotiations elsewhere in the sector.”

Hotel workers gather to strategize ahead of bargaining

Members of Unifor Local 112 working in the hospitality industry in the Greater Toronto Area met during a day-long strategy session on July 17, 2023.

The session kicked of planning for the next round of bargaining at five hotels, expected to start in the late fall this year.

“The hospitality sector has recovered from COVID-19, and so has the employer’s financial stability. Our collective agreements must reflect the new normal, including recent cost of living increases,” said Greg Burton, Assistant to the Unifor National Officers who helped lead the meeting.

Unifor members ratify new contract with Fairmont Empress Hotel

VICTORIA—The membership of Unifor Local 4276 voted overwhelmingly today to ratify a new three-year contract with their employer at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

“Unifor members at the Fairmont Empress have secured a strong collective agreement and have helped set the table for upcoming negotiations in the hospitality sector,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Congratulations on a job well done.”

Fairmont Empress Hotel workers vote to strike if necessary

VICTORIA—A lack of progress from the employer at the bargaining table has forced members of Unifor Local 4276 to give their bargaining committee a strike mandate.

“The Fairmont Empress is a top-tier hotel and its workers deserve respect and fair compensation. It is a leader in the industry and we expect the collective agreement to lead the way,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The employer must come to the table prepared to bargain a fair contract that reflects the critical contribution of hotel workers.”

Bargaining underway to set pattern for hotel workers in B.C.

VICTORIA—Unifor is back at the bargaining table with the Empress Hotel to negotiate a collective agreement that can serve as a template for upcoming negotiations in the hospitality sector.

“Unifor is a strong union for hotel workers,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Unifor members are leading by example and negotiating industry-leading contracts. What happens this spring at the Empress will help lead the way for our other negotiations.”