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Toronto hotel workers on strike

Sept. 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Actor Martin Sheen joined a walkout of hotel workers at the Toronto International Film Festival who say they want better workplace safety and better hours.

Sunday's one-day strike of 7,000 unionized workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 75, was the third day of walkouts since the festival began Thursday, The Toronto Star reported.

Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez were on the picket line Friday.

Negotiations have been ongoing and unproductive since August, employees say.

Strikers hosted festival-flavored activities with an "alternative red carpet" for passersby to take photos with workers, the Star said.

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