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Ramada Hotel workers ratify collective agreement

Harley Augustino
Harley Augustino (centre) UNITE HERE Local 40  Union Representative for Prince George during a rally at UNBC last year.

Hotel workers at the Ramada Plaza in downtown Prince George have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with their employer today. The agreement brings to an end a protracted labor dispute at the hotel and significantly increases wages for the employees.

The workers, members of UNITE HERE! Local 40, will receive a wage increase of $3 per hour by June 2020, while some job classifications will receive even higher wage increases. This agreement marks the third significant collective agreement for Local 40 members in Prince George within the last six months, including contract settlements at UNBC and Coast Inn of the North.

Prince George’s labour movement significantly supported each of those victories. Allied unions attended demonstrations, withdrew their business during labour disputes, and encouraged members to respect picket lines when these disputes escalated toward strikes.

“We want to acknowledge the tremendous support from Prince George unions during our two-year long fight,”said Harley Augustino, Union Representative for Prince George. “Solidarity is our strength and we look forward to continuing to improve the lives of Prince George working families for years to come.”