Actor and Activist Danny Glover Demands Better for Niagara Hotel Workers

    Joins UNITE HERE In Niagara Falls for Historic Labour Day Rally

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ -

    WHAT: Historic Niagara Falls Labour Day Rally and March

      -  Danny Glover, International Film Star
      -  Alex Dagg, Canadian Director, UNITE HERE
      -  Peter Kormos, MPP Niagara Center
      -  Wayne Gates, President of CAW Local 199
      -  fired CNH workers

    WHERE: Starting at 1:30 pm - Corner of Hunter St and Union St

    WHEN: 1:30 pm Labour Day - Monday, September 3rd, 2007

    BACKGROUND: Dreamgirls and Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover is returning
to Niagara Falls, Ontario to show his ongoing support for area hotel workers,
fighting to improve working conditions. After an appearance at a union rally
last year at the Sheraton on the Falls, owned by Canadian Niagara Hotels,
Glover was charged with trespassing in a private prosecution, along with UNITE
HERE Canadian Co-Director Alex Dagg and Ontario Federation of Labour President
Wayne Samuelson, by the Niagara Falls hotel company.
    "I believe in the workers of Canadian Niagara Hotels and will not waver
in my commitment to them and their struggle for dignity and justice at work,"
said Glover after the private prosecution was launched. "I support the efforts
of the UNITE HERE members of local 2347 who work for Canadian Niagara Hotels
in their ongoing struggle to find dignity and justice in their workplace. As
promised, I am returning to Niagara Falls for Labour Day because I believe
workers here deserve to have their union contract respected and be paid a
living wage."
    The rally is the first union event to take place in Niagara Falls in
recent history.
    "We're working to help all the hospitality workers in Niagara Falls
achieve better working conditions," said Alex Dagg, Canadian Co-Director of
UNITE HERE. "I'm proud UNITE HERE Local 2347 has been able to bring labour
activism back to Labour Day in Niagara Falls."
    Canadian Niagara Hotels (CNH) owns the Sheraton on the Falls, the Brock
Plaza Hotel and the Skyline Inn in the Clifton Hill neighborhood of Niagara
Falls, Ontario. The hotels were purchased in 1993 by Dino DiCienzo and his
company Canadian Niagara Hotels. Since then union/management relationships
have been difficult and UNITE HERE has been fighting to uphold basic parts of
the collective agreement.

    UNITE HERE represents 50,000 hotel, food service, garment and
manufacturing workers across Canada, and 450,000 across North America.

For further information:

For further information: Please contact Ethan Clarke at (905) 358-2347
or Wynne Hartviksen at (416) 473-2632 for further details and interview
availabilities for all participants.

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