Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel working towards an agreement

    Hotel Management Ensures Guest Service

    MONTREAL, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel has
been negotiating the renewal of the collective agreement of its unionized
employees represented by the CSN since mid-May. Unfortunately, even with the
assistance of a mediator, an agreement has not been reached and the employees
have exercised their right to strike as of this morning.
    The hotel's goal remains to put together a wage and benefit package in
the best interest of both parties. Last Thursday, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
has offered to the CSN the same agreement as those signed at the 4 major
hotels that the Union uses as comparables.
    "We are disappointed with the Union's decision to demand conditions that
put the hotel at a competitive disadvantage in the market," said Richard
Payette, General Manager of the hotel. "The working conditions and benefits
offered by the company are competitive in the marketplace and among the best
in our industry in Canada," he added.
    "Right now, our top priority is to continue providing our guests with the
service and experience they expect from us. Our contingency operation plan is
already in place," Payette noted. "Negotiation sessions are scheduled today
and all through the weekend. We regret this situation and are hopeful we can
reach an agreement that is satisfactory to all parties."
    Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth will continue to maintain service to hotel
guests with the support of Management staff.

For further information:

For further information: Joanne Papineau, (514) 954-2208,

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