THUNDER BAY, ON, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Office, clerical and
administrative employees at OLG Casino Thunder Bay have joined their
colleagues and voted to become members of the United Steelworkers (USW)
In a certification vote on Monday supervised by the Ontario Labour
Relations Board, the casino's office, clerical and administrative
employees voted 83% in favour of joining the USW.
Monday's vote follows a similar ballot last week, when the casino's
gaming floor employees also voted to join the Steelworkers. The USW now
represents approximately 210 employees at the Thunder Bay casino.
"Casino Thunder Bay's hard-working employees recognize they have to
stand together to defend their rights and protect their interests,"
said USW Ontario Director Marty Warren.
"They know the collective bargaining process is their best bet to
address their concerns and deal with the uncertainty created by the
Ontario's government's plan to privatize their workplace," Warren said.
The USW expects the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) to
begin the process of negotiating a collective agreement with Casino
Thunder Bay employees as soon as possible, he added.
Thunder Bay casino employees became increasingly concerned in recent
months after being told by their employer there were few guarantees
regarding their future employment and working conditions.
The casino employees have not had a wage increase in five years. The OLG
recently announced it planned an additional two-year wage freeze at its
sites where workers are not unionized.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792
Denis Dallaire, USW Staff Representative, 705-698-5830, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com