THUNDER BAY, ON, July 11, 2014 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) members
employed at OLG Casino Thunder Bay have ratified their first collective
The casino employees, who joined the Steelworkers last November, voted
by an 85-per-cent margin Thursday in favour of a three-year contract
with the casino.
"I congratulate these new Steelworkers on their success in achieving a
good collective agreement under very difficult circumstances," said USW
Ontario Director Marty Warren.
"These hard-working employees joined our union because many of their
concerns were not being addressed by their employer," Warren said.
"Their new collective agreement is a legally binding contract that
protects the terms and conditions of their jobs. They now have a real
voice in their workplace and a process to enforce the agreement to
ensure they are treated fairly."
The casino employees joined the Steelworkers last fall after months of
uncertainty over the Ontario Liberal government's rumoured plans to
privatize the facility. The OLG also had denied wage increases to
employees for five years and had announced an extension of the wage
The new contract ratified Thursday is a three-year agreement taking
effect retroactively in November 2013. It provides employees with an
immediate $800 signing bonus and a 1.75-per-cent wage increase in the
contract's third year. It also includes improvements to benefits and
The OLG also agrees that in the event of a privatization of the casino,
the facility's new operator will be considered the successor employer
under provincial labour law and will be bound by the collective
Approximately 180 employees, working in most areas of the Thunder Bay
casino, are covered by the new collective agreement. Negotiations are
expected to begin soon on a first collective agreement for a second
group of Thunder Bay casino workers - the office, clerical and
administrative employees - who also joined the Steelworkers last fall.
The USW represents employees at four OLG gaming facilities in Ontario. A
collective agreement was reached recently with security staff at OLG
Slots at Sudbury Downs, while first collective agreements are expected
to be negotiated soon by USW members at OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and
OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792
Bruce Frost, USW Local 1-2010 Business Representative, 807-345-9041, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com