Around 1,400 workers from four Vancouver high-end hotels voted to strike yesterday.
With the 85 per cent that voted in favour, the union could announce a strike with 72 hours notice.
Westin Bayshore banquet server Allan Vanegas said that the push is to get hotel workers into the middle class.
“I think we all believe that the cost of living is going up and affording to buy a house is out of the question,” he said.
Even with the strike the Hyatt Regency, Renaissance Vancouver, Westin Bayshore and Four Seasons hotels are expected to stay open.
“At this point we have not put an offer on the table,” said Hyatt Regency general manager Rolf Osterwalder yesterday. He said before votes were cast that he looked forward to more negotiations in September.
Hyatt Regency banquet waiter Randal Cooper said the four hotels have spent around $120 million in recent renovations, and they want more money invested in workers.
Housekeepers have especially extended their workload, as hotels expand the size of beds and amenities in rooms, Hyatt Regency room attendant Carol Spence said.