April 6, 2018
WINDSOR – Two thousand three hundred casino workers at Caesars Windsor, represented by Unifor Local 444, set up strike lines as of 12:01 a.m., April 6 after rejecting the employer's offer.
"There's a lot the members liked in the tentative agreement, but ultimately, there's a lot of anger, and a feeling of a lack of respect in the workplace,” said James Stewart, local 444 President.
The picket lines were set up after members voted against a tentative agreement that had been reached earlier this week just minutes prior to the initial deadline for negotiations. Bargaining began on February 12, and on March 26 the membership voted 98.3% in favour of strike action where the issues of wages, scheduling and grievance resolution were driving negotiations for the workers. The members initially reached a tentative agreement shortly before the strike deadline of 12:01 a.m., April 4.
The union also said that although the employer offered an increase, when the wage was compared to that of other casino workers, like Unifor members at Parq Casino in Vancouver who signed a contract in February, there is a great disparity in pay increases.
“There were workplace issues like workload, and recognition of the value of their work that members want addressed,” said Doug Boughner, local 444 3rd Vice-President. “We support the decision of our members and we now have a full picket.”
With the casino now closed to the public until there is a new agreement, and no further meetings scheduled, members of the community are welcome to join the workers on the picket lines that have been set up at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor, Ontario.
For up to date information visit local 444’s twitter @LOCAL444UNIFOR.
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Daniel Tseghay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-327-9378 (cell).