Two thousand three hundred casino workers at Caesars Windsor, represented by Unifor Local 444, are on strike as of 12:01 a.m., April 6. The members voted 59 per cent against a tentative agreement that had been reached earlier this week.
“There were workplace issues like workload, and members want a bigger raise than the employer was willing to accept,” said Doug Boughner, local 444 3rd Vice-President. Boughner noted that with the significant provincial minimum wage increase members were hoping for a proportional increase to their wages rather than the 1.75 per cent increase they were offered. Additionally, they compared their wages to that of other casino workers, like Unifor members at Parq Casino in Vancouver who signed a contract in February that came with a substantial increase of 27.5 per cent in the first year and no less than 2 per cent in each following.
“We support the decision and we now have a full picket,” said Boughner.
“We called the casino immediately upon getting the answer and the casino didn’t say anything about getting back to the table,” said James Stewart, Local 444 President. At 11 p.m., April 5, the casino began a shutdown process and it is now closed to the public until there is a new agreement.
Members of the community are welcome to join the workers on the picket lines that have been set up at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr E, Windsor, Ontario. For up to date information visit local 444’s twitter @LOCAL444UNIFOR.