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Richmond Sheraton breaches labour laws for a fourth time during strike

This is the fourth cease and desist issued to the Sheraton Vancouver Airport in a month
Sheraton workers and their allies gathered outside Sheraton Vancouver Airport on Minoru Boulevard on Friday to mark one month since they walked off the job. Galileo Cheng photo

A Richmond hotel has been handed yet another cease and desist order, this time for moving guests to its sister hotels next door.

The B.C. Labour Board ruled on Monday that the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel on Westminster Highway had breached the Labour Code by rebooking rooms for Porter, UPS and Xiamen flight crews to the Marriott and Hilton.

It also "wrongfully rebooked" rooms for distressed Air Canada and West Jet passengers, according to the striking workers' union, UNITE Local 40.

The two hotels, just next to the Sheraton, are non-union, but are under the same management.

"The company has been moving hotel guests to their other properties in an attempt to retain hotel business and undermine the strike action," said the union.

The Labour Board has yet to decide the amount of damages for the breaches.

UNITE Local 40 members walked off the job on June 14 to demand better pay and working conditions. The BC Federation of Labour declared a public boycott of all three hotels.

Last week, workers and their supporters marked the one-month mark of the strike with a massive rally which shut down a section of Minoru Boulevard

Since the strike began, the Sheraton has received three cease and desist orders for using scabs.

Meanwhile, the hotel is taking the union to court for creating excessive noise and allegedly intimidating employees who crossed the picket line.