By Peter Meiszner Global News
Rally at Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown May 2, 2013 UniteHere Local 40
Hotel workers in Richmond went on strike today, the first such strike by hotel workers in the Vancouver area in 13 years.
Workers at the Sheraton Airport hotel — which is owned by West Vancouver-based Larco Hospitality — say they are earning $2 an hour less than workers at competing hotels such as the Delta Vancouver Airport. The union also says workers are expected to change more beds than at competing hotels and often have to work through their breaks.
The union says hotel management has refused to meet for bargaining. The workers have been without a contract since May 31, 2012.