Bartenders and servers ratify new deal with Woodbine Entertainment

    TORONTO, Dec. 23 /CNW/ - Less than 24 hours after reaching a tentative
settlement, members of the Canadian Auto Workers union have overwhelmingly
ratified a new 3-year agreement with Woodbine Entertainment.
    The new agreement, which covers 185 bartenders and servers working at the
Greenwood Teletheatre in Toronto as well as Woodbine and Mohawk racetrack and
slots, was ratified by 90 per cent and includes wage and benefit improvements
for both full-time and part-time employees in addition to new job protection
and workplace safety language along with many other gains.
    Contract talks between the CAW and Woodbine Entertainment broke down in
early December over a number of important issues, including the company's
demand to scale back wages, resulting in a 17-day strike.
    "Right from the outset we told the company there will be no wage
concessions for these workers," said Hemi Mitic, Assistant to the National
President. "Our members showed tremendous courage and willingness to fight
this issue as a matter of principle, and we won."
    CAW national staff representative Brian Stevens acknowledged the hard
work and dedication of the membership and the bargaining committee in
negotiating a very good settlement.
    "This contract not only improves the lives of our members at the
racetracks and slots, it also helps establish a standard for the entire gaming
industry," Stevens said. "This is a testament to the idea that fighting back
really does make a difference for working people."
    This is the workers' first contract negotiation since joining the CAW in
August of 2007. The CAW represents over 7,500 gaming sector workers across the

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For further information: Brian Stevens, National Staff Representative,
(cell) (416) 567-8281; or Angelo DiCaro, Communications, (cell) (416)

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