Dozens of Best Western Seven Oaks staff on strike over benefits, wages

Dozens of restaurant and hotel staff are walking the picket line on Albert Street in Regina today.

Union claims workers are being asked to pay half the cost of their benefits

Restaurant and hotel staff walk the picket line on Albert Street in Regina. (CBC)

A few dozen restaurant and hotel staff are walking the picket line on Albert Street in Regina today.

Employees at the Best Western Seven Oaks Inn are striking over health benefits and wages.

The United Food and Commercial Workers' Union claims workers are being asked to pay half the cost of their benefits.

Negotiations broke down last week.

The union said the proposal will cost some workers an additional $100 each month.

Employees at the Best Western Seven Oaks Inn in Regina are striking over health benefits and wages. (CBC)

Glenn Weir, manager at the Best Western Seven Oaks Inn, said "we weren't the ones who instigated anything here." 

"It was the union who instigated a strike on December 8th on the issue of union access to the hotel," Weir said. "They had a vote and were successful in getting a strike vote for that reason."

Weir said they are operating with business as usual.

"We had a very successful lunch hour in the Ricky's All Day Grill. We had checkouts that ran as per usual at our front desk and we have people checking in," he said. "We have people in the off sale and the corner pub. So all is business as usual for our end of the situation right now."

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