Media Advisory - Dreamgirls and Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover Challenges Rogers Centre to Set the Record Straight on Union for Stadium Concession Workers



    
                       Tuesday August 28th at 12:30pm
                               333 Bloor St. E.
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Well-known actor and activist joins UNITE HERE
to demand Rogers Media, owner of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rogers Centre,
clarify why a union is acceptable for the players but not for the concessions
workers.

    
    Who:         Danny Glover, Actor and Activist
                 Alex Dagg, Canadian Co-Director, UNITE HERE

    What:        Press Conference and Rally

    When:        12:30 pm, Tuesday, August 28th

    Where:       Rogers Communications Headquarters Front Entrance,
                 333 Bloor Street East (Bloor near Jarvis/Mount Pleasant)

    Why:         More than 500 concessions workers at the Rogers Centre,
                 trying to form a union with UNITE HERE, have faced acts of
                 intimidation by their employer, Delaware North Sportservice
                 Companies (Sportservice) and the Rogers Centre, owned by
                 Rogers Media.

                 Danny Glover, a well known actor and activist, has been
                 working closely with UNITE HERE across North America to
                 raise the standards for low-waged hotel and food service
                 workers like those at the Rogers Centre.

    Background:  At the end of July, UNITE HERE began a union organizing
                 drive for the workers providing concession services at the
                 Rogers Centre.

                 The workers are employed by Delaware North Companies
                 Sportservice (Sportservice) who provides concession services
                 at the Rogers Centre. The Rogers Centre is owned by Rogers
                 Media which also owns the Toronto Blue Jays.

                 Since the beginning of the union drive, the Rogers Centre
                 and Sportservice have aggressively attempted to thwart the
                 union's activities.

                 On Friday, August 10th, UNITE HERE filed charges at the
                 Ontario Labour Relations Board against both Rogers Media and
                 Sportservice, detailing how they have violated the Labour
                 Relations Act by threatening workers, attempting to
                 intimidate them, interfering with their right to learn about
                 and join the Union, interfering with the Union's lawful
                 activities, and threatening employees' livelihoods if they
                 were to join the Union.
    





For further information:

For further information: Wynne Hartviksen, UNITE HERE, (416) 473-2632,
whartviksen@unitehere.ca; Renée Mellow, (416) 342-1838,
renee@mediaprofile.com

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