February 23, 2010 18:03 ET

Union Lockout Lifted for HMSHost Employees at Vancouver International Airport

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2010) - HMSHost today lifted its lockout for its employees who are members of Unite Here Local 40. In lifting the lockout, HMSHost asks that the Union, in a show of good faith, not take strike action or any other intermittent work stoppage until after the end of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which continue through March 21, 2010.

Both parties returned to mediation this morning in an effort to reach resolution on an expired Collective Agreement covering approximately 285 food, beverage and retail employees in 16 locations at the Airport. The employees took strike action on February 17 and HMSHost implemented a lockout on February 18 to prevent intermittent job disruption from occurring during the Olympics.

"In light of the fact that we are at mediation today and the Union wishes to continue discussions on the Collective Agreement, we have lifted the lockout. We are eager—and hopeful—that we will be able to conclude the negotiations and look forward to a timely resolution so that all parties and partners can move forward to a warm send-off for travelers departing from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games," said Susan Goyette, HMSHost spokesperson.

Background: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Collective Agreement that has expired?

Unite Here Local 40 had a certification and a Collective Agreement covering the former Cara (now HMSHost) food and beverage, retail and warehouse employees at the facilities that were acquired at the time of Host's purchase of Cara (October 2006). The Collective Agreement was for a term from April 2006 to March 2009 and it is the Collective Agreement that has been the subject of the ongoing negotiations.

Will lifting the lockout prevent another strike?

Lifting the lockout will not prevent another strike, but HMSHost asks that the Union show good faith in negotiations to reach timely resolution on the Collective Agreement points in the proposal the Union tabled on February 15. Reaching resolution on the Agreement will allow both parties to move onto the subsequent issue at hand, which is the pending closure of Milestones.

What needs to happen to get the restaurants re-opened?

First of all, the employees will be notified by phone call from their manager of the start of their shifts. Second, the restaurants have been closed and unoccupied since Wednesday, February 17, so Host will conduct a thorough cleaning and inspection of each unit. Food and supplies will be ordered and the first outlets could realistically open within 36 hours of the official lifting of the lockout. It is Host's intention to open all of the restaurants as soon as possible.

Which units at YVR are HMSHost Union-Staffed?

  • DTB L2 – Tim Hortons, Stanley's Bar & Grill, Harvey's, News to You
  • DTB L3 Pre Security – Tim Hortons and Milestones
  • DTB Pier A – Palomino Bar & Grill, Vancouver News
  • DTB Pier C - Toast Cafe and Tim Hortons
  • ITB Int'l L2 – Tim Hortons
  • ITB Int'l Post WCE – Tim Hortons, Milestones
  • ITB TB Post – Tim Hortons, Pacific Grill, Voyages

Previous statements from HMSHost:

Feb 22, 2010:

Feb 18, 2010:

Feb 16, 2010:

Jan 20, 2010:

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