TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - On March 20th, 2013, OLG Slots at Woodbine workers, who are represented by the Public
Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), voted for strike action. PSAC has
begun bargaining with Woodbine to address the issues workers are facing
in their workplace, particularly the insecurity represented by the
Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) Corporation's modernization plan.
The modernization plan calls for the privatization of facilities with
the OLG currently in the process of assessing companies for take over.
The instability of this transition, as well as the impact of whether
the City of Toronto agrees to a casino, has created increased concerns
for the workers at Woodbine.
"With Toronto and many municipalities considering casinos, it is crucial
to see what's happening at Woodbine when casino lobbyists talk about
job creation", states Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Regional Executive
Vice-President for Ontario. "With 55% of Woodbine's workforce in
part-time positions, how can this industry continue to make the claim
of providing good stable jobs?"
PSAC and the OLG will be bargaining on March 26th and 27th, and have secured a conciliation meeting date on March 28, 2013. The
OLG's privatization plan, job security, as well as the precarious
nature of part-time employment are major issues in negotiations.
"The OLG should recognize the years of dedication and loyalty workers
have given the company," states David Lewis, Woodbine worker and Local
President. "We are bargaining to ensure that workers are protected
during the modernization of the OLG. The work of our members
contributes to customer experience and is crucial to the business needs
of the OLG in contributing maximum revenue to the Ontario Government
and their strategy of deficit reduction."
For further information:
Communications Officer, PSAC