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First contract reached at Casino Rama

ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Workers at Casino Rama, one of Ontario's largest casino resorts, have negotiated a first contract with the resort.

"These new members have done a fantastic job representing the interests of their co-workers. First by helping them join Unifor, and now by negotiating a first contract," said Deb Tveit, Assistant to Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

"The bargaining team is unanimously recommending this collective agreement for ratification."

Details of the collective agreement will be released once it is ratified by the members at Casino Rama, located near Orillia, Ontario. A ratification vote is expected in the coming days.

Almost 1,700 workers at Rama, including dealers, cashiers, slot workers, food and beverage staff, environmental services, finance, gift shop attendants, hotel, valet, entertainment and other staff, voted to join Unifor last year by a vote of more than 71 per cent.

They joined more than 15,000 hospitality workers, including more than 7,000 at casinos, already represented by Unifor across Canada. Unifor also represents workers at Caesars Windsor, Great Blue Heron Gaming, Manitoba Lotteries Corp and other gaming sites, as well as several hotels across Canada.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.