Media Advisory - Support Grows for Toronto Plaza Hotel Boycott

TORONTO, Aug. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Demonstrators in animal costumes will rally outside the Toronto Plaza Hotel today to support striking workers and a growing boycott of the hotel.

The Ontario Federation of Labour is joining the boycott, launched after the Toronto Plaza Hotel manager called his workers "animals" and demanded huge wage and benefit cuts rather than negotiate a fair contract settlement.

WHO:    Striking Toronto Plaza Hotel workers and supporters, including Ontario
  Federation of Labour and United Steelworkers members.
WHAT:    Rally to support striking workers and boycott of Toronto Plaza Hotel.
WHERE:   Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue
WHEN:    12:00 noon, Thursday, August 15, 2013

Toronto Plaza Hotel workers are members of the United Steelworkers (USW). Predominantly visible minority women, many of whom have worked for the hotel for over 20 years, the workers are in the 12th week of their strike.

PHOTO-OP:  Demonstrators in animal costumes - protesting hotel manager's characterization of striking workers as "animals."


SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Mohamed Baksh, United Steelworkers (USW), 416-574-8718,
Alexandra Eshelman, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-5968, 416-570-9984,
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221,
Joel Duff, Ontario Federation of Labour, 416-707-0349,

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