Protestors take to the Sheraton Centre with brooms

Former MPP Peggy Nash and about 20 labour leaders, politicians and hotel workers wielding brooms and mops, stormed into a morning housekeeping meeting at the downtown Sheraton Centre on Thursday to protest a Green Choice initiative that they say will eliminate jobs.

The initiative in question is designed to offer guests who stay more than one night an incentive, such as a $5 meal voucher or loyalty points, to refuse housekeeping services.

Hotel security and 2 police officers escorted the rowdy protestors away before they were able to speak with the hotel's GM, Tony Dunn, who they were told was not at the hotel.

The Unite Local 75, who represents hotel workers, say this program should not be confused with those that ask guests to reuse towels and sheets. They content that such an initiative would cost housekeeping jobs and and potentially cause injuries to workers due to the added work required to clean rooms that have not been attended to for several days.

I'm not sure if they should really worry, though. Clean towels or a $5 dollar voucher -- that's not much of a question.

Writing by Olympia Lukis.

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