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Sheraton Ottawa Hotel Rally

Thursday August 19th at 4pm

Join us on Thursday August 19th at 4pm to support the fired workers of the Sheraton Ottawa who have called for a boycott of the hotel until the owner, Keck Seng Investments, agrees to bring them back.

Meet at 150 Albert St, Ottawa.

Meet the Workers

Bianca Dolce

Bianca Dolce

Switchboard Operator

“I was extremely disappointed when we were fired, with not being informed in advance and just the general lack of care, concern or consideration for myself and all others. Many of us devoted our lives to the Sheraton.”

Julie Boris

Julie Boris

Chef

“I was crushed with the news that the Sheraton Ottawa chose to fire us. Being a chef at the Sheraton has always been such an important part of who I am. Never in my 15 years of being at the hotel did I think they would treat us this way.”

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar

Banquets

"I was very sad hearing about this decision. I knew it would have been a while before I would return to work but at least I knew that I had a job to return too. Now we all have to start again from scratch. All our years of experience meant nothing to the Sheraton management and owners.”

Assen Stefanov

Assen Stefanov

Banquets

“Ideally, extraordinary circumstances such as the Covid-19 situation should not divide but unite society in order to overcome the adversity. Unfortunately, this principle has not been adopted by the hotel.”

On the anniversary of COVID-19 shutdowns, the Sheraton Ottawa fired all of its laid off staff.

Workers, represented by Local 261, have been laid off since last year due to the pandemic and have sought a recall agreement with the hotel since fall 2020 so they could return to their jobs when travel and tourism conditions improve and business recovers at the hotel.

Despite the pending vaccine rollout and signs the industry will begin recovery this year, the hotel refused to extend recall rights. Workers have called on the hotel to reverse terminations immediately but have been met with silence.

The hotel is under the Marriott International brand but owned and operated by Hong Kong based Keck Seng Investments which invests in and owns hospitality properties in Asia and North America.

There is no cost to the Sheraton Ottawa hotel to extend recall rights for workers until business resumes.

“If businesses want the community to support them, then they need to support the community.”

–John Fraser, MPP; Stephen Blais, MPP; and, Lucille Collard, MPP

“Many of these workers are already suffering financial losses having been off work over the past year and now to take away any chance to return is just plain cold and callous.”

—Sean McKenny, Ottawa & District Labour Council

“We do not condone the disposal of workers who have brought decades of economic gain to this hotel .”

–Alex Silas, Regional Executive Vice-President, PSAC-NCR