UNITE HERE Local 75 welcomes new members at the Comfort Hotel Meadowvale!

    Comfort Hotel victory provides sharp contrast to vicious employer
    campaign at the Novotel Mississauga Hotel

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 26 /CNW/ - Last week, workers at the Comfort Hotel
Meadowvale won a union at their workplace. "I am so proud and happy," said
Yvonne Bennett, a room attendant at the hotel. "We organized a union because
we want respect for our hard work, and our families need real security,
especially now."
    The workers at the Comfort Hotel now join thousands of other hotel
workers who are members of UNITE HERE in the GTA, and over 100,000 in North
America. As Hotel Workers Rising, the movement won has real gains for service
sector workers over the past three years, many of whom are immigrants to
    "Hotel by hotel, we are building a new standard of living in the
Airport/Mississauga area," said Georgia Coley, a Local 75 leader working at
the Four Points by Sheraton Meadowvale. "So many of us have been waiting for
the 'Canadian dream.' It's time for us to seize it."
    The organizing drive at the Comfort Hotel occurred without incident, in
sharp contrast to the experience of workers at the Novotel Mississauga. At the
Novotel, management repeatedly met with workers, individually and in groups,
to advise them to vote against the union, and to tell them their benefits,
hours and even their jobs might be at risk if they were represented by a
union. "Threats to job security by employers in the face of union organizing
undermine any prospect of a free vote. This is the reason that remedial
certification exists," said Eli Gedalof, a labour lawyer with Sack Goldblatt
Mitchell. The labour board will also hear several allegations of management
unfairly targeting union supporters with disciplinary action and loss of
    "The organizing committee at the Novotel Mississauga showed tremendous
courage and determination," said Valrie Lue, an organizer with UNITE HERE
Local 75. "Every one of those workers deserves respect, a voice on the job and
real job security - as much as the workers at the Comfort Hotel, as much as
the thousands of union hotel workers in the GTA."
    "As a hotel worker, I am determined to make sure that no employer in my
community treats ANY hotel worker the way the Novotel Mississauga management
has treated the people working at that hotel," said Coley. The Ontario Labour
Relations Board will begin hearing the case against the Novotel Mississauga in
    Employees working at the Delta East Health Club also voted unanimously to
join UNITE HERE Local 75 last week.

    UNITE HERE Local 75 represents thousands of hotel and hospitality workers
across the GTA. UNITE HERE's diverse membership includes many recent
immigrants and a high proportion of women, working in hotels, restaurants,
racetracks and casinos, laundry and food service companies, airport
concessions and apparel, textile and general manufacturing and distribution

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

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