Workers at the Chances Cowichan Gaming and Entertainment Centre join United Steelworkers

    DUNCAN, BC, May 14 /CNW/ - Workers at Chances Cowichan Gaming and
Entertainment Centre recently won the right to be represented by BC's largest
private sector union, the United Steelworkers (USW).
    Security workers, kitchen and waiting staff, slot, bingo and lotto
attendants, cashiers, janitors and others will soon be electing a USW
bargaining committee prior to the preparation of their contract demands.
    "We welcome the Cowichan Chances employees into our union," says USW
Western Canada District Director Stephen Hunt. "Our District's membership is a
very diverse one and we look forward to representing this new group of
    USW Local 1-1937 first vice president Brian Butler says the main reason
workers sought union representation was an overall lack of dignity and respect
being shown by the employer.
    "The situation inside the facility was not good for many employees," says
Butler. "We were able to conduct a quick two week organizing campaign and sign
the majority of employees who wanted union representation. The workers clearly
understood the benefits of forming a union in their workplace as a means of
resolving issues."
    Following the filing of unfair labour practices by the USW, both sides
were able to resolves issue over two days at the BC Labour Relations Board. A
consent order resulted in the ballot box being opened and the successful
certification by a solid majority.
    Chances Gaming and Entertainment Centres are also located in Courtenay,
Campbell River, Terrace, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna,
Mission, Prince George, Port Alberni and Williams Lake (Signal Point). The USW
has a significant presence in all these communities.

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of the economy, including private sector
service industries.

For further information:

For further information: Brian Butler, (250) 746-6131, (250) 715-5678

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