Workers at the Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport struck a picket line at dawn on October 21. The 52 workers have become the ninth group employed at hotels owned or operated by Westmont affiliates to take strike action.
Teresa Torres, a member of the union’s bargaining committee, explained, "we are reaching a boiling point inside the hotel. Workers in this hotel have been asked to do more and more work when I know that business is up, and Westmont could afford to start staffing the hotel properly again. We are tired of working so hard for so little. After all these years, we still make lower wages than other airport hotel workers for doing just as much work." Torres has worked as a houseperson in the hotel’s housekeeping department for 18 years.
The strike follows on the heels of nine one-day strike actions taken by Westmont workers at hotels throughout the GTA during the Toronto International Film Festival. The strikes attracted broad public support, particularly from the film industry, as workers urged large hotel companies like Westmont to share the economic recovery with immigrant families.