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Sheraton Hotel staff hold one-day strike
Unionized workers at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel held a one-day strike Saturday in protest of what it describes as more than a year of management delays and stalled negotiations.
UNITE HERE Local 40 claims this is the first hotel workers strike in the Vancouver area in more than a dozen years.
The Sheraton is owned by the Lalji family, one of the top 25 richest Canadians in 2012, the union said in a press release.
"Even though a room at the Sheraton can cost well over $200 a night, a room attendant cleans more rooms and changes more beds, but earns $2 an hour less than her counterparts at competing union hotels, like the Delta Vancouver Airport," the union said in the release.
The union said its workers have inferior medical and pension benefits.
"I am striking because we have seen no progress in over a year of bargaining," said Ana Wong, a room attendant for 22 years. "We may change up to 32 beds a day, lifting heavy mattresses repeatedly. Sometimes we have to work through our breaks just to finish our work."
A spokesperson for the hotel was not available for comment.