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Prince George Ramada workers avoid strike notice with new contract

Hotel workers were unhappy with wages
The rally took place in front of the Ramada Hotel on George Street. (via Hanna Petersen)

Another Prince George hotel will avoid striking. 

UNITE HERE Local 40 announced this afternoon (Feb. 8) that a protracted labour dispute has ended after employees threatened lockout action with Ramada Prince George employees receiving a new contract. 

The new deal will see workers receive a wage increase of $3 per hour by June 2020, with some job classifications receiving even higher wage increases. 

“I am proud to be a member of UNITE HERE! Local 40. By being part of a union and supporting each other in workplaces across the city, hospitality workers have been able to win significant improvements to our standard of living,” Stacey Moen, a cook at the Ramada says in a news release.

This is the second deal UNITE HERE Local 40 has secured recently. 

Coast Inn of the North workers also received wage increases after they issued a strike notice back in December. 

Other unions and demonstrators also withdrew business from hotels during labour disputes. 

“We want to acknowledge the tremendous support from Prince George unions during our two-year long fight,” Harley Augustino, Union Representative for Prince George, adds in the release. “Solidarity is our strength and we look forward to continuing to improve the lives of Prince George working families for years to come.”

Ramada workers were protesting outside the hotel in late January, threatening a strike vote on Feb. 6.


Jessica Fedigan

About the Author: Jessica Fedigan

Jessica Fedigan graduated from BCIT’s broadcast and online journalism program in 2016. Her career (so far) has taken her to Fort St. John, Victoria and now Prince George.
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