Workers at downtown Toronto Hyatt vote to join Unifor

TORONTO – Workers at the landmark Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Toronto have voted to join Unifor, the fifth location where workers decided to leave the American parent union that placed their local in trusteeship.

“By the simple act of casting a ballot, the Hyatt workers have joined hundreds across Toronto and Mississauga who have chosen a strong future with new Canadian based union,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. “All Unifor ever wanted was a chance for hotel workers to choose a union to represent them, and thankfully these workers got that.”

The Hyatt vote was counted this morning after being sealed by the Ontario Labour Relations Board in a dispute with U.S.-based UNITE HERE that was rejected by the board late last week. The vote results mean that almost 1,000 workers voted to join Unifor in a little more than a week.

“The voices of 1,000 workers were heard despite the attempts of UNITE HERE to quell their demands for a more democratic union,” Dias said.

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Unifor Ratification Vote…Dates and Locations

Local 1996-O will be having 2 roadshows for the proposed Tentative Agreement at the following locations.


February 25 2018 7:00pm – 9:30pm

THE BRIGHTON Convention & Event Centre (Capacity 1200)
2155 McNicoll Ave,
Toronto, Ontario M1V 5P1

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The Brighton


March 4 2018 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Mississauga Convention Centre (Capacity 700)
75 Derry Road West,
Mississauga, ON
L5W 1G3

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Mississauga Convention Centre


Please see the below Tentative Agreement and your current CBA for review

BTS Tentative Agreement

BTS-Collective Agreement 2011-2018

Highlights of the BTS/Unifor Tentative Agreement Update

Please see the attached Highlights of the tentative agreement, also is the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for comparison. Articles not mentioned in the highlights should mean they were unchanged. Ensure to carefully read the tentative agreement and save your questions for the upcoming ratification vote…dates February 25 2018 and March 4 2018…..see additional Ratification posting with the venues, time and locations.

BTS Tentative Agreement

BTS-Collective Agreement 2011-2018

“Listen Up”

“Listen Up”

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The Local Executive would like to announce and recognize the following H and S Co-Chairs and Executives who have just completed the Certified Mental Health Course. (MHFA) as part of our locals “LISTEN UP” initiative. Each worked very hard and are committed to be there when you need them. We are proud of you!



In Solidarity,


Lee,   Brian,   Chris