BELLEVILLE—Wage and benefits enhancements are the highlights of a first collective agreement ratified today by Unifor Local 1090 members, ending their five-day strike at the Shorelines casino.
“Unifor is Canada’s union for gaming and hospitality workers,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Shorelines Casino Belleville workers showed great solidarity and determination to win their first collective agreement.”
The ratification ends the strike action that began at 1:01 a.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021.
The new agreement lifts average wages by 13% over the life of the three-year term, and some classifications by as much as 24%. The contract reduces the cost to members of extended health benefits by 50% and increases the number of Shorelines Casino Belleville workers who will have access to the health plan by lowering the threshold from 28 hours worked per week to 24.
“Without a union, this site would not have seen a wage increase for some time,” said Corey Dalton, Unifor Local 1090 president. “Workers at Shoreline Belleville formed a union to improve their working conditions and bargained effectively to achieve important gains.”
The union represents 93 workers at the casino in table games, slots, food and beverage, kitchen and culinary, facilities and housekeeping, guest services, and cashiering.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.