Anniversary of the Casino de Montréal: Employees not invited to the party

    MONTREAL, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Close to 500 demonstrators are in front
of the Casino de Montréal this morning in order to mark today's anniversary of
its opening with the theme, "15 years, 6 directors, 3 lock outs, ZERO
    Loto-Québec has locked out the 190 security agents of the casino on Ile
Notre-Dame since August 27. They are joined this morning by hundreds of
striking workers at two downtown hotels, the Four Points Sheraton and the
Queen Elizabeth, as well as by other CSN members.
    "The management at the casino are partying all day long, but without
inviting a big part of the family," observed the vice-president of the
Syndicat des employées et des employées de la Société des casinos du Québec
(CSN), Rick Scopelleti. "They're in the mood for a party, but they don't feel
like negotiating with their own workers."
    No progress in negotiations has been made since Loto-Québec declared a
lock out. Recall that an agreement in principle had been rejected by the
union's security sector after a last-minute demand by the employer to
radically overhaul the security agents' long-established work schedule.
    Managers have been responsible for casino security since August 27,
without being able to accomplish their task, however. Compulsive gamblers on
the casino's self-exclusion list and other banned clients have been able to
easily access the casino during the six weeks of the lock out.
    On September 25, locked-out security agents decided to enter the casino
in order to identify excluded clients. They found close to 20 people who
normally would have been expelled or denied entry to the facility. Instead of
addressing its obvious security problems, Loto-Québec responded by obtaining a
court injunction forbidding security agents to enter the casino.
    The collective agreement of the casino's security staff expired 18 months
ago. The issue of the work schedule is the only element that led to the
rejection of the agreement in principle reached last August 1.

    The Syndicat des employés de la Société des casinos du Québec is
affiliated with the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics

For further information:

For further information: Lyle Stewart, CSN Communications Service, (514)

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