July 06, 2011 14:05 ET

Media Advisory: Hospitality Workers Training Centre Breaks Ground on Richmond Street East

Unite Here Local 75, Allies and Employer Partners Celebrate the Start of Construction of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre at the Local 75 Housing Co-op

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - UNITE HERE Local 75 -

WHAT: Groundbreaking for the construction of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre.
WHO: Unite Here Local 75 leadership and members, allies and employer partners. Speakers will include City Councillor Pam McConnell, Labour Council President John Cartwright, Local 75 members and employer partners.
WHERE: 60 Richmond Street East, the Local 75 Housing Co-op. This co-op, the first housing co-op to be built in Toronto in more than a decade, has won numerous architectural awards.
WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 3:30 pm
WHY: Unite Here Local 75, along with hotel industry partners, is building a training centre for hospitality workers, a growing, largely immigrant and female workforce. The goal of the training centre is to upgrade the skills of existing Local 75 members and to provide opportunities for newcomers to the industry to get training for entry-level jobs in hotels and hospitality. The Training Centre will serve not only existing union members but also people in the larger communities of which Local 75 members are a part.
The Hospitality Workers Training Centre already operates training on-site with various hotel employers that are unionized with Local 75 in the areas of English as a second language, literacy, computer skills, and housekeeping skills. The training centre, once construction is completed, will include a training restaurant where students can learn entry-level cooking, serving, and bartending skills as well.
Local 75 represents over 7,000 hotel, hospitality and gaming workers in the Greater Toronto Area.

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