Casino workers docked pay after poker game eliminated

Changing pay violated collective agreement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2016

After a casino eliminated the game of poker, it issued layoff notices to 43 employees and reduced their rates immediately — a move that an arbitrator found was partly against the collective agreement.

Starlight Casino in New Westminster, B.C., was in the middle of negotiations for a new collective agreement with its union, the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU) when the notices were issued.

The BCGEU filed a grievance alleging there was no shortage of work. However, the employer showed revenue from poker was trending down from 2012 as online gaming became more popular and drove up competition.