Hotel Dispute Headed to Mediation
Prince George, B.C. – Coast Inn of the North hotel workers are one step closer to a new contract.
This as non-binding mediation is set to begin next week between the Unite Here! union and the hotel chain.
“We will be going to mediation on Wednesday in Vancouver at the Labour Board,” says local 40 Prince George area steward Margaret Prieston. “So we’re very hopeful something will come out of that.”
She says wages is the biggest sticking point along with pension.
“They want to give a 1% raise which puts the lower income people at a 14 cents an hour raise,” says Prieston. “And we don’t find that suitable. We are asking for 30 cents, straight across the board for everybody.”
As for pension, she says the union is asking for eight cents an hour more for each hour the employee works to go into the pension plan while the hotel has countered with five cents.
Prieston says the union has been without a contract since last May and is hoping to get a deal prior to the busy summer season.
“Definitely, we don’t want to interfere with summer weddings or tourists.”
She says Unite Here! represents 85 to 100 workers in Prince George along with Coast Hotel workers in Victoria, Kelowna and Nanaimo.
Prieston says the workers include housekeepers, maintenance staff, servers and bartenders.
Currently, Prieston says servers make $14.14 per hour while housekeepers earn just under $18 an hour.
Approximately 35 people rallied outside the Coast Inn of the North earlier this week in support of the union.