Clean Sweep for Union By Hotel Workers at 1 King West

    Workers want better working conditions and a secure future in
    Stinson/Mirvish battle

    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - Hotel workers at Harry Stinson's Toronto hotel,
1 King West voted 42 to 0 yesterday in an Ontario Labour Relations Board vote
to be represented by UNITE HERE, Toronto's hotel workers' union.
    "We stood together and showed 1 King West that we wanted to be members of
UNITE HERE," said Jocelyn Cuasay, a room attendant there. "This is about our
working conditions and it is also about us having a voice. We want to make
sure the concerns of room attendants working at 1 King West aren't lost in a
battle between two of Toronto's most powerful men."
    Today, the Toronto Star is reporting that "Harry Stinson is in an $11.8 M
feud with David Mirvish over 1 King West" and though Stinson says in that same
article that "the hotel side of the business is actually doing well", workers
want to ensure their concerns are not lost in the legal battle.
    Workers at 1 King West voted unanimously to form a union because they are
looking for respect and dignity at work, said Cuasay.
    "We are the invisible workers who are making the 1 King West hotel really
successful but our concerns are being overlooked. We need to have our issues
addressed and it seems that instead people's heads are in the clouds."
    UNITE HERE has been working with community activists for over a year on
the Hotel Workers Rising campaign to raise the standards for hotel workers
across North America. Addressing issues like room attendants' workload and
training opportunities for some of Toronto's most vulnerable workers, the
campaign has been successful in raising the standard of living for thousands
of GTA workers and their families.
    "This win at 1 King West is really a victory for all hotel workers in
Toronto," said Jasmin Canales, who works at the Marriott Courtyard, a hotel
represented by UNITE HERE Local 75. "We know that we do better when all of
Toronto's hotel workers have the benefit of a union and that is why I was
proud to stand outside 1 King West yesterday and welcome the workers there
into our union."

For further information:

For further information: Wynne Hartviksen at (416) 510-0887, ext No. 265
or via cell at (416) 473-2632

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