Ontario Machinists Expand in Hospitality Sector

Twenty employees of the Days Inn in London, ON, are the latest hospitality workers to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The certification of housekeeping and maintenance staff at the 150-room hotel in the Forest City marks the second successful organizing campaign in the hospitality sector for the Machinists in 2010. Earlier this month, employees at the Country Inn in Oakville, Ontario became members of IAM Local 1295.

“These workers were looking for better wages and fairness in their work schedules,” explained District 78 Organizer Ralph Martin. “They turned to us looking for a voice to represent those concerns with their employer.”

The new Days Inn members will also join Local 1295.