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CUPE is pulling its convention reservations from Toronto’s King Street Holiday Inn to support 20 locked-out UNITE-HERE members.

The food service workers have been locked out since Sept. 28.

They received a major boost from CUPE Oct. 12 when national officers Paul Moist and Claude Genereux made the announcement.

CUPE members cannot rest under the roof of an employer who locks out workers,” said Paul Moist, CUPE national president.

Workers have been on the street since their employer refused to continue bargaining with them.

Claude Genereux, CUPE national secretary-treasurer, reinforced the fact that CUPE will not spend union members’ money anywhere that treats its own workers so unfairly.

We tried to encourage management to move to a settlement,” said Genereux. “Since that did not happen and workers are still on the street, we had no choice but to cancel the 97 rooms we had booked.”