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Martin Sheen joins the hotel picket at TIFF

Martin Sheen joins the hotel picket at TIFF

American actor Martin Sheen joined striking hotel workers on the picket line on Friday outside a downtown hotel while here for the Toronto film festival.
Workers at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel launched a 24-hour strike as the film festival kicked off. Several celebrities, including Sheen, are staying at the grand hotel. "I'm a union member (and have been) all my life," said Sheen, picking up a placard and walking the picket line. "I cannot not support a union now." "I'm much more comfortable out here than I was inside, I'm where I belong, I'm doing what I should," he said, flanked by his eldest son Emilio Estevez.
The father and son offered to check out of the ritzy hotel and urge other actors staying there to do the same, but Unite Here Local 75 declined his offer, the union's J.J. Fueser told reporters.
Unite Here Local 75, which represents 900 hotel staff upset over increased workloads and cutbacks, hope to pressure management to return to the bargaining table. Sheen, who is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was in Toronto for the world premiere of Estevez's film "The Way."
In the film, Sheen plays a father retracing his son's last steps on the Camino de Santiago after the son, played by Estevez, is killed in a freak accident during a pilgrimage on the famous trail on the border of France and Spain.


Updated : 2021-08-02 01:27 GMT+08:00