The President still plans to close his restaurant

1207689(SHERBROOKE) Even if a new conciliation session is scheduled for Tuesday between the union and the employer of the Hotel Le President Sherbrooke, this is not enough to lift the threat to the dining room of the hotel.

The union spokesman Stephane Lacroix said La Tribune Monday after suggesting that the decision to close the catering service was perhaps not definitive, the employer would have changed in tone.

“It seems a final decision on which he will not return. It seems there is no way to save this twenty jobs, “says Lacroix Teamsters.

Recall that the 24 kitchen staff of the President were notified in early May that the Hotel would end its catering services, banquets and type “American” buffet as of 30 June.

“Yet these people are there only when there are customers, banquets, conferences, business meetings. They work twenty hours a week and they are certainly not paid to do nothing, “argues Stéphane Lacroix.

“It’s really unfortunate (to close the catering service). This is a bad business decision that could even have an impact on the hotel’s occupancy rate, “he adds.

As for the conciliation session, it aims to break the deadlock in stalled both parties, “which are very close to an agreement” as normatively that wage, according to Mr. Lacroix.

Recall that the collective agreement of the 60 workers of the Hotel President expired in November 2015. The union wants among other wage parity with other workers in the hospitality industry in the region. This catch is less than a dollar an hour, says Lacroix.

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