On Thursday, unionized employees from 32 Toronto hotels will announce the result of their strike authorization vote. The employees of many downtown hotels say they are upset about precarious work conditions and the shortening of their shifts.
If they vote yes, workers at some hotels could strike within the next two weeks if their management doesn't successfully negotiate a new contract.
"Toronto's hospitality industry is just too important for this city's economy to jeopardize income security for workers and compromise quality and service for hotel guests," Cicely Phillips, a room attendant at the Fairmont Royal York and Vice President of UNITE HERE Local 75, said in a release Wednesday.
It's hard to imagine that a strike will actually happen with so many people coming to town this month. Almost every hotel room in the city is booked during the G20, and world leaders probably don't take kindly to making their own beds - a powerful bargaining tool for the union members. Hopefully, the issue will be quickly resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
The idea of picketing workers in the downtown core, an area that will already be plagued with security fences, traffic snarls and marching protesters, is almost too much to bear.