97 Terminated Staff Win Right to Return to Jobs

Circulated on behalf of UNITE HERE Local 40 –

97 Terminated Staff Win Right to Return to Jobs

VICTORY!! Hilton Metrotown hotel workers locked out since April 15, 2021, voted today to ratify a new contract by a 98% yes vote. The vote to approve this ground-breaking three-year collective bargaining agreement ends the picket line outside of the hotel and returns staff to their jobs. The 391-day lockout at Hilton Metrotown has been the longest hotel lockout in B.C.’s history.

Hilton Metrotown workers won:

– Full recall rights for the 97 terminated workers without loss of seniority or wages.
– Preservation of housekeeping jobs and restoration of daily room cleaning which will help ensure safer workloads and improve guest experience.
– Wage increases plus a special bonus to keep up with living costs in the city.
– Protection of union health and pension benefits.
– New protection for gratuities.
– Stronger recall protections for the future so no one can get fired just because of the pandemic.

Full press release here: