October 27, 2010
At 7:00 a.m. this morning, about 500 employees at the Delta Chelsea hotel in downtown Toronto walked off the job to protest the lack of movement in contract talks, marking the first day of a planned two-week strike.
Key contract issues include workloads, job security, wage and benefits.
Unite Here Local 75, the hotel workers’ union, has been responsible for several one-day strikes at Toronto hotels that coincide with high-profile events such as the G20 summit, in late June, and the Toronto International Film Festival, in September.
The current strike will coincide with a two-day social-media conference, Blissdom Canada, at which hundreds of participants are expected to attend.
A two-week strike was necessary, according to the union, because it felt the company was not taking their concerns seriously.
Local 75’s contract with the Delta Chelsea expired in February. Last summer, unionized employees voted 95 per cent to authorize a strike.
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