Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel workers on strike

By Peter Meiszner Global News

Rally at Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown May 2, 2013

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.

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