Slot workers at Toronto race track could strike: Union

OLG tables final offer to workers at Woodbine, voting set to begin on weekend
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/02/2013

Unionized employees who work at the slots at Toronto’s Woodbine race track could soon be on strike, according to their union.

On April 28, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Corporation tabled a final offer to the nearly 400 workers, according to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents the workers.

The workers rejected an earlier offer from the OLG after a vote on April 10.

According to PSAC, workers want more compensation, job security and improved work-life balance.

“The workers have been clear,” said Sharon DeSousa, PSAC regional executive vice-president for Ontario. “Executives at the OLG have seen their pay go up by nearly 50 per cent over the past two years, yet they say their workers should not receive any increases.”

A vote on the OLG’s final offer will be held on May 5 and May 6.

If the workers reject it, a no board report will be triggered, the union said, which is the final step before strike action. Workers could be on the picket lines as soon as May 24.

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