Casino Ajax workers in Ontario vote to strike if necessary

Option to move to new facility must be provided: Unifor
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 07/12/2018
Labour relations
Unifor Local 1090 represents 225 members at Casino Ajax working at slot machines, food and beverage, cashiers, guest services, environmental services, shuttles, maintenance and the kitchen. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Workers represented by Unifor, Local 1090 at Casino Ajax in Ajax, Ont., voted 99 per cent in favour of strike action on July 9 if a fair settlement cannot be reached.

“A strike is almost always a last resort, but Great Canadian Gaming has left us few options,” said Roy McDonald, chairperson of Local 1090’s Ajax unit. “If the company makes serious offers that respect the work done by Unifor members, I’m confident we can negotiate a new contract without an interruption in service to our valued customers.”

The union is seeking a commitment from Great Canadian Gaming that Unifor members at the Casino Ajax can transfer to the proposed Durham Live facility in Pickering, Ont., under their existing collective agreement. Local 1090 is also seeking fair compensation, as wages have only increased 1.75 per cent over the last eight years, said the union.

Local 1090 and Casino Ajax will be bargaining simultaneously with Great Blue Heron (Port Perry), Woodbine Security (Toronto), Elements Casino Mohawk (Campbellville), and Elements Casino Brantford (Brantford). All of the facilities are represented by Unifor, with all collective agreements set to expire on July 23 at 12:01 a.m., said the union.

Unifor Local 1090 represents 225 members at Casino Ajax working at slot machines, food and beverage, cashiers, guest services, environmental services, shuttles, maintenance and the kitchen.

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