Casino Rama workers may strike

Dealers, slot workers and other Casino Rama union workers have voted to strike if a collective agreement can’t be reached by the end of the month. Key issues are wages, benefits and pension.

“Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, says in a statement. “They deserve a fair collective agreement and are prepared to escalate job action to get it.”

About 820 members voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike on January 12 if negotiations between Unifor Local 1090 and Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the operator of Casino Rama, fail.

Unifor says the Casino’s workers are among lowest paid in Ontario and the employer’s current scheduling practices make it almost impossible to achieve a reasonable work-life balance. Local 1090 is also seeking to strengthen benefits and the pension plan.

Almost 1,500 workers at Rama – including dealers, cashiers, slot workers, food and beverage staff, environmental services, finance, hotel, valet, entertainment and other staff – voted to join Unifor in 2015 and reached their first collective agreement in 2016.

They’re among 19,000 hospitality and gaming workers, including more than 9,000 at casinos. Unifor represents workers at Caesars Windsor, Great Blue Heron Gaming, and other gaming sites across Canada.

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