Workers at the Shorelines Casino in Peterborough have voted overwhelmingly to join Canada’s largest union for gaming workers, Unifor.
“After a very difficult year, casino workers want more control over their conditions of work,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Having a union gives workers an important voice and helps level the playing field with their employer.”
Peterborough casino workers became the second Shorelines group to become members of Unifor, joining Belleville. The new members will become a unit of Unifor Local 1090, which represents gaming workers across the region.
The 115 new members include cashiering, housekeeping, food and beverage, guest services, table games, and slots.
“Strong Unifor contracts across the gaming sector are attracting casino workers to our union,” said Dias. “Our strength in the sector is ensuring that we are setting the pattern for gaming contracts nationwide.”
Last month new members at the Shorelines casino in Belleville went on strike for five days to pressure the employer to bargain a first contract.
Peterborough casino workers join nearly 10,000 other Unifor members in the gaming sector.