VICTORIA, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - CAW members at Fairmont Empress Hotel ratified
a new collective agreement by 78 per cent over the course of a series of
meetings yesterday. Negotiations resumed only 24 hours before the strike
deadline was to be set and the two sides successfully hashed out a deal.
"It was a tough day of negotiating," said CAW national representative
Stu Shields. "But both the union and the hotel knew what was at stake
taking a strike vote at this time in the summer during tourist season."
At issue was language around scheduling, the application of seniority,
the movement of staff around the hotel and wages. The new three year
agreement takes effect on September 1 and includes wage increases
totaling six per cent over the life of the agreement.
CAW hotel unit chairperson James Griffin said that the members at the
Fairmont Empress know how valuable their work is in building and
maintaining the thriving hotel the Empress has always been. "They've
worked hard to make the hotel a success and therefore they are entitled
to a fair wage increase for their ongoing efforts," said Griffin.
Shields said the members were both pleased and surprised to learn the
union successfully reached a deal and that they would be voting on it
instead of voting on a possible strike. "It was without a doubt the
solidarity and support of the workers that made this deal possible. When
workers support one another and their union, a fair agreement almost
always follows," said Shields.
CAW Local 4276 represents approximately 500 workers at the Fairmont
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
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