Casino contract has few gains

But toxic LR relationship improving with new face
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

“A new labour relations era” is how the CAW bargaining report sums up the recent agreement with the Caesar’s Windsor casino.

Over the past few years, the economy has not been good to the casino. It is not profitable and employment has dropped by 47 per cent. Union negotiators were keenly aware of this reality.

As well, on the labour relations front, things have not been positive. “We have not had a relationship with this employer in 15 years,” according to Local 444 president Rick Laporte. The hiring of a new vice-president of human resources by the casino is seen as creating a better environment.