Press Advisory - Danny Glover Rallies for Niagara Hotel Workers and Workers United Local 2347

    Demonstration demands Niagara 21st Group bargain first contract with
    recently organized hotel workers and insists rival union, UNITE HERE,
    stop interfering with workers' right to unionize.

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Members of the union Workers United, including
Niagara Local 2347, will march on the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Niagara
Falls, demanding that the hotel bargain a first contract. At the explicit
encouragement of UNITE HERE, which is involved in a vicious inter-union war
with Workers United across North America, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara has
refused to negotiate a collective agreement with recently organized workers.
Joined by well known actor and activist Danny Glover, who has made multiple
trips to Niagara Falls in support of hotel workers, demonstrators will demand
the hotel, owned by the Menechella family's Niagara 21st Group, bargain first
contracts immediately.

    Who:      Danny Glover, labour activist and actor
              Bruce Raynor, International President, Workers United
              Alex Dagg, Canadian Director, Workers United
              Niagara Courtyard Marriott Workers, Workers United Members and
              Labour Allies

    Where:    Outside the Courtyard Marriott
              5950 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON

    Date:     Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    Time:     11:00 am


    Workers United Ontario Council, including Niagara Local 2347, voted to
end their affiliation with UNITE HERE in March, 2009. In that same month, the
Ontario Council signed an agreement with UNITE HERE to split the union in
Ontario. Despite this, UNITE HERE recently launched a vicious campaign of
attack against Workers United, trying to claim the Ontario Council's assets
and instructing employers, including the Courtyard Marriott Niagara, organized
in December 2008, to not recognize the union. As a result, hotel workers in
the Niagara region are being told their right to their union will not be
    In the US, the failure of the 2004 UNITE HERE merger has resulted in an
acrimonious, internal union "civil war" that threatens to consume the American
labour movement.

    Workers United Ontario Council represents almost 9,000 workers in the
province in apparel and textile manufacturing, foodservice and hotels,
distribution and general manufacturing and social services. Workers United
Ontario Council is made up of all the former members of UNITE (Union of
Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees) in Ontario as well as 1000
former members of HERE (Hotel Employees, Restaurant Employees), including all
former members in the Niagara region, who voted unanimously to join Workers
United when the UNITE HERE merger failed.

For further information:

For further information: Wynne Hartviksen, (416) 473-2632 or Ethan
Clarke (905) 358-2347

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