Highlights of the four-year agreement, which expires on March 31, 2023, include: Unifor members from Local 1090 to Casino Ajax and Great Blue Heron Casino and Local 504 to Elements Casino Brantford voted to adopt an interim agreement that involves a 1% increase in employers` contribution, which must be supplemented by a mandatory contribution of one per cent of employees. Among the wins are large-scale wage increases, improvements to their retirement plan and initiatives to combat precarious work at the casino. “I am so proud of our members who have come together to put pressure on this employer and reach a fantastic agreement that raises the bar for the entire gaming industry,” said Sharon DeSousa, Regional Executive Vice President of PSAC Ontario. “We have achieved great successes, including the fight against precarious work, by including a clause in this agreement, which means that at least 50% of the positions in the bargaining unit must be full-time!” Unifor members, employed at three Ontario casinos, voted to ratify new three-year contracts that include improvements to their retirement plans. With 18 gambling units in Ontario, many of which had previously entered into agreements with concessions, Woodbine members again remained a negotiating trend that was not in their favour. But with determination and a strong mobilization strategy, the members have secured an uncompromising agreement, with significant successes that counteract the trend in the gambling sector. Members of the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada (PSAC), who work at Casino Woodbine in Toronto, have ratified a new collective agreement that includes historic winnings for its members and sets a powerful precedent for the entire gambling industry. Unifor Local 1403 members who work at Canadian Kraft Paper also voted to ratify a new three-year agreement that includes enhanced paramedic benefits and funeral leave. Members ratified their contract with the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) on August 15, 2019.
“Our union has demonstrated that we are leaders in the gambling industry and we will further raise the standards for all employees in this province,” added DeSousa. This was the first round of negotiations with the new private sector employer after the Ontario government transferred the gaming facility to GC last year. . . .