OTTAWA, June 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Ontario Federation of Labor, which represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario, has announced a boycott of the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street Ottawa ON, in support of the 70 workers recently made redundant by the hotel. The boycott takes effect immediately.
“During this boycott, no labor organization will buy any products or services from the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, until the company reconsiders its ruthless decision to lay off 70 long-serving employees,” said the president of the Sheraton Ottawa hotel. Ontario Federation of Labor, Patty Coates. “Our solidarity and the strength of our movement are based on our collective action. Together, we are sending a strong message that this employer must reverse its decision to lay off, rather than negotiate, and immediately negotiate the recall rights of these workers with their union, UNITE HERE! Local 261 “.
In March of this year, the management of the Sheraton Ottawa hotel made the unfortunate decision to lay off 70 employees, many of whom are women and racialized workers, despite accessing federal government support designed to prevent such actions. In addition, they appear to be the only hotel in the National Capital Region of Ottawa to take this type of unwarranted and calculated action against their valued employees, many of whom have given decades of service and economic benefit to their employer.
“The boycott announced today is a direct result of the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel’s failure to negotiate recall rights for its employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A move that would ultimately have cost the hotel almost nothing. Instead, they chose to lay off a large majority of their workforce, ”said Patty Coates.
“Taking the step to introduce a boycott is not a decision we take lightly. I encourage all OTF members to join this boycott, to contact the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel and to join in the solidarity and support of workers affected by this unfortunate decision by their employer, ”said Coates.
“Workers are the backbone of any business, we will not stand idly by while bad operators take extreme action against their workers. The actions of the Sheraton Ottawa hotel management and ownership group, Keck Seng Investments, have their consequences.
To read the letter announcing the boycott, which the Ontario Federation of Labor sent to the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, click on here. To find out more and send a message of solidarity and support, visit https://www.local261.org/supportsheraton70/.
For more information please contact:
Rob Halpin, Executive Director
Ontario Federation of Labor
[email protected], 416-707-9014