The classic ritual of Mother's Day brunch at Château Frontenac, the premier National Historic Site in UNESCO World Heritage Old Québec, will not take place this weekend. Le Journal de Québec reports that union pressure tactics, the result of a fierce labour dispute at the grand hotel, have forced management's hand. As a result, the popular yearly brunch service in honour of moms has been axed.
"Some employees have T-shirts, union buttons from the CSD (Centrale des syndicats démocratiques), caps," Château Frontenac spokesperson Marie-Claude Brousseau told the newspaper. "We have high standards and customers who come expecting to see impeccable servers. We decided not to go ahead with brunch this year because we were not able to offer an optimal service to match what the Château usually offers."
The few hundred people who had booked for Sunday brunch were all personally contacted by the hotel and offered compensation to atone for the annulment. Some 400 unionized employees at the hotel have been without a contract since December 31, 2014. They voted 98% against management's offer this week and are poised to go on strike.