On January 13, 2011, UNITE HERE Local 75 members at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel ratified their new collective agreement with 89% voting in favor.
This comes after significant mobilization of Local 75 hotel workers across the city, starting with a citywide strike authorization vote last May, a two-day strike at the Novotel Toronto Centre during the G20 Summit, rolling one-day strikes at Westmont-owned hotels during the Toronto International Film Festival, and a two-week strike at the Delta Chelsea Hotel. The Royal York is the fifth hotel to settle after the Delta Chelsea Hotel strike.
Michelle Williams, a member of the Union’s Negotiating Committee, said, "I’m very pleased with the result. This is a step forward for us and for all hotel workers in the city."
The agreement has no concessions and includes improvements in wages, health benefits, retirement, job security, subcontracting protections, workload, and the TTC pass subsidy.