Sheraton Vancouver Airport workers go on strike
Members of Unite Here Local 40 have walked off the job at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in a dispute over wages.
The union issued a news release today claiming that room attendants earn $2 less per hour than those working at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel.
"Strikes at other properties currently in bargaining with HIR are likely," Unite Here Local 40 warned in its news release.
The workers' contract expired on May 31, 2012, which means they've been without a contract for more than 14 months.
The Sheraton Vancouver Airport is one of 47 hotels, pubs, and liquor stores relying on Hospitality Industrial Relations in the current contract talks, according to the union.
The hotel where job action is taking place is owned by the Lalji family, whose net worth was estimated at $2.25 billion by Canadian Business magazine last year.