Hotel workers at the Toronto Hilton (145 Richmond St. West) and the Hilton Toronto Airport (5875 Airport Rd) have staged a one-day walkout to protest cutbacks at the two hotels, owned by Westmont affiliates.
“They tell guests that all the food is fresh and wild, but more and more food is coming pre-prepared,” said Joe Drumonde, a cook at the Hilton Toronto Airport. “I spent years training as a chef. Not only are my skills being ignored, they’re cutting back hours for everyone in the kitchen. We can’t make enough of a living to raise our families.”
The hotels that have participated in the rotating one-day strikes during the last two weeks are all owned or managed by affiliates of Westmont. In total, Westmont employs over 2,000 members of UNITE HERE Local 75, the union representing hotel workers. Most of these workers have been without a new contract since February.
For more information, visit Local 75 on the web at www.uniteherelocal75.org.