CAW to ramp up protest at Woodbine Racetrack in support of OLG workers

    TORONTO, June 21 /CNW/ - Tomorrow the CAW, the union representing the 100
striking workers at the Woodbine Racetrack (employed by the Ontario Lottery
and Gaming Corporation), will ramp up their protest, with hundreds more CAW
members and community allies coming to the picket lines.
    The surge in picket line support will coincide with the Queen's Plate
race, a prestigious annual event which draws tens of thousands from across the
    The picket lines will be set up for 9 a.m. and continue for the remainder
of the day.
    Entrance lineups could take longer than usual, but attendees will be
granted access to the facility on foot.
    Since June 1, 2008 security officers who work at the Slots at Woodbine
Racetrack have been on strike for a fair deal. They are joined by other
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) workers who are on strike at the
Slots at Sudbury Downs and Brantford Casino.
    For months, the CAW, the union representing the workers, has been at the
negotiating table where the OLG has demanded numerous concessions that would
undermine job security, reduce benefits and create a permanent temporary
workforce. This is despite the fact that the OLG reports an annual revenue of
more than $7 billion.
    The OLG is trying to eliminate the possibility of part-time workers to
move to full-time positions within their own job classification, introduce
split shifts for part-time workers, cut Statutory Holiday pay, and reduce
Short Term sick benefits, just to name a few of the many concessions demanded
of the workers.

For further information:

For further information: Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW national
president, (cell) (416) 565-3677 or Brian Stevens, CAW national
representative, (cell) (416) 567-8281 or Shannon Devine, CAW communications
director, (cell) (416) 302-1699

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