TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The CAW will be hosting a picket line barbeque
at the Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday in honour of the Queen's Plate race and
the three-week long strike against concessions and the erosion of full time
jobs at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming facility.
The prestigious annual one-day event normally grosses tens of millions of
dollars for OLG and brings together approximately 20,000 fans from across the
Nearly 100 CAW local leadership and staff people met this morning to plan
the picket line support for Sunday's event.
"This is a time to work towards having decent full-time jobs and not
demand a larger compliment of part-timers, especially in Ontario where
manufacturing jobs are being eroded daily," said Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW
President Buzz Hargrove.
The union warns that the barbeque may cause a slight delay in entering
the grounds and advises patrons to park nearby and walk to the racetrack.
The barbeque will begin at 9 a.m. and continue for the rest of the day,
with hundreds of CAW members, labour activists and community allies attending
from across southern Ontario.
Since setting up the peaceful picket lines, CAW members have been subject
to assault, been hit by motorized vehicles, spit on and verbally abused by
CAW members are also on strike in two other OLG locations including
Brantford and Sudbury Casinos since June 1 when OLG refused to respond to
concerns around shrinking full time employment, discrimination against
unionized workers, maternity leave, wages and benefits.
The striking Woodbine Racetrack workers are employed as security officers
at the facility.
The CAW represents close to 1,000 OLG workers and 7,000 gaming workers
across the country.
For further information:
For further information: please call CAW Communications, Shannon Devine,
(cell) (416) 302-1699 or CAW National Representative, Brian Stevens, (cell)