September 10, 2010
Fairmont Royal York.
Workers at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel are staging a one-day strike at the landmark property.
The union called the strike after 12 days of negotiations stalled last night (their contract expired July 16). Local 75 of Unite Here represents 900 workers at the downtown hotel.
About 250 managers and non-union employees were keeping the hotel running for the day. Restaurants, the pool and room service were all operating, said spokeswoman Melanie Coates, quoted in The Toronto Star.
“We’re in the hospitality business and we prepare for everything,” she said. “This is one of the things we prepare for.”
The strike coincides with the first full day of the Toronto International Film Festival. According to The Star, quoting strike organizers, celebrities were expected to join the union’s 1:30 p.m. news conference at the hotel. The actor’s union ACTRA is supporting the hotel workers.
Striking workers contend hotel management is trying to lock them into cutbacks and new shift schedules imposed during the recession.
For more, visit The Star’s site