Holiday Inn on King locks out workers

    What:     Partial lockout begins at Holiday Inn on King
    Where:    370 King St. W
    When:     Friday, September 28, 2007, as of 10:30 AM

    Guests join workers on picket line

    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - At 10:30 a.m., the Holiday Inn on King locked
out room service and restaurant employees after workers refused the company's
offer to settle the previous night. This morning, workers set up animated and
boisterous informational picket lines. Though not a strike, "this action
delivers the message that we deserve justice," said Althea Porter, a
bargaining committee member of UNITE HERE Local 75.
    Workers rejected the company's offer after the hotel refused to accept
the same expiration date as all other hotels in Toronto. Holiday Inn on King
is managed by Westmont Hospitality Group.
    "They want to divide us from our sister and brother hotel workers - thus
weakening us in the future. We'll never accept that," insisted Ms. Porter.

    Partial Lock-out

    The partial lock-out is a sign of the company's "divide and conquer"
strategy, but it will not succeed in dividing Holiday Inn on King workers.
    "Why is the company inflicting harm on the guest by shutting down its
food operations? Why not bargain to a settlement? Intimidation tactics by a
huge hotel company merely shows Westmont's true colours," said Abdullah
Farque, another member of the Local 75 bargaining committee.
    After Thursday's rejection vote, the Union tabled a new position Thursday
night. The company has not responded.

    Respecting the hotel workers

    Though the employer shows no respect for its workers, there are some
powerful people who do.
    Many guests, notably teachers attending a labour management conference at
the hotel, have refused to cross the picket line, as has Kathleen Wynne, the
Ontario Minister of Education and the conference keynote speaker. Many guests
have joined the picket lines in solidarity.

    UNITE HERE represents hotel workers across North America, including more
than 6,000 employees in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: JJ Fueser, (416) 893-8570

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