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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