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Hotel Workers Rising
For several months now, I’ve been involved with a campaign called Hotel Workers Rising, a North America-wide effort to raise the living standards and working conditions of hotel workers. As the campaign slogan goes, there are a million reasons to support hotel workers, especially if you’re someone who cares about cities, workers’ rights and the multiple ways in which women’s work is (under)valued. You can read something I wrote for This Magazine about the increasing workloads room attendents are facing, and what workers are doing about it.
If you’re in Toronto, you can show your support at a big demo taking place at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday (Sept. 28) at 5 p.m. Basically, hotel workers and their union, Unite Here, have been in contract negotiations for several months now, and the hotels — major, multinational corporations that are seeing record profits — won’t budge on certain issues, including job security. There have been exciting victories for workers in other cities, so now is an important time to show your support for Toronto workers. See you there!