here may have been a demonstration at Air Canada’s gates on Thursday at Vancouver International Airport, observed by travellers.
Air Canada was the object of the protest, which was organised by Unite Here Local 40 members who have been on strike for the past five months at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.
The union is calling for a public boycott of the airline, which they refer to as the “scab,” because it continues to house flight crews and passengers in the Sheraton even though it is positioned behind picket lines.
Until the labour dispute is resolved, Unite Here Local 40 requests that the airline cease all business with the Sheraton, Hilton, and Marriott Vancouver Airport hotels—all of which are owned by the same company.
Felisha Perry, a striking banquet server from the Sheraton Vancouver Airport, said, “It is unacceptable that Air Canada is sending their distressed passengers across our picket line.”
Since June, we have been on strike in Metro Vancouver to demand living wages so that we can support our families and ourselves. By acting in such a shameful manner, the airline is demeaning both its own guests and the hospitality industry.
According to a press release from the union, five airlines have already ceased operations out of solidarity with the striking employees: WestJet, Porter Airlines, UPS, American Airlines, and Japan Airlines.