News Labour peace achieved as UNITE HERE Local 40, Ramada Hotel reach new deal SHARE ON: Brendan Pawliw, staff Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 2019 Photo courtesy of Trip Advisory The reaction from Unite Here Local 40 is positive after a new deal was reached between the Ramada Hotel in Prince George and its workers. It was reached on Friday with the downtown hotel. Protesters gather in front of Prince George Ramada Hotel | My PG Now In an interview with MY PG Now, Union Spokesperson, Octavian Cababeschi stated the new deal done is a huge relief. “We’ve been pushing management for some time and wages were one of the big issues as our members were very far behind other union workers and during the last round of negotiations, they came forward with a proposal, for the most part, made sense.” Ramada General Manager, Arelene DeWilde is happy to put the negotiation in the rear-view mirror. “Obviously, we’re happy to have the agreement in place for both parties and we’re just waiting to hear from the union has indeed ratified the agreement but we’re happy to have this almost settled.” “The agreement and the meetings went very well and we’re all happy so it’s a win-win for everybody.” This is third new labour deal reached by Unite Here Local 40 in PG over the past six months, helping cafeteria workers at UNBC as well as at the Coast Inn of the North. Cadabeschi adds while the accomplishments are nice, there’s more work to be done. “These contracts really improve their living standards and will make a difference for them every day when speaking of those 300 members, we’re not quite where we want to be yet as the workers at the Ramada are still well behind other worker unions in the city despite the big win.” The new deal includes a 3-dollar-per-hour wage increase for over 100 workers, their first salary spike in over three years. This is the first working contract Ramada Hotel workers have had since June of 2017.