Unifor Local 1090 signed a tentative agreement with Casino Rama just before midnight on January 23, avoiding a strike.
“Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Casino Rama workers have made terrific gains in the short time since they united to form a union.”
The bargaining committee prioritized compensation to get more in line with other casinos in Ontario. Members had also identified scheduling for a reasonable work-life balance as an area for improvement in the next contract.
More details will be published when Local 1090 members ratify the contract.
Nearly 1,500 workers at Rama including dealers, cashiers, slot workers, food and beverage staff, environmental services, finance, hotel, valet, entertainment and other staff, voted to join Unifor in 2015 and achieved their first collective agreement in 2016.
They join more than 19,000 hospitality and gaming workers, including more than 9,000 at casinos. Unifor represents workers at Caesars Windsor, Great Blue Heron Gaming, and other gaming sites across Canada.