UPDATE: Last Minute Accord Averts Strike Action at Casino Rama

Prepared to walk off the job at end of month if necessary

Jan 24th:

A last minute agreement between both sides means no job action at Casino Rama.

A post on Unifor Local 1090’s Facebook page notes an agreement has been struck between the union and gaming centre, that its members will receive details soon.

A strike deadline had been set for midnight Thursday morning, but was extended until 4am in the face of ongoing negotiations. A tentative deal was struck by 3:00.

Jan. 15th:

The union (Unifor) representing employees at Casino Rama says they are among the lowest paid workers in Ontario and will strike at the end of the month if a fair collective agreement cannot be negotiated.

“Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “They deserve a fair collective agreement and are prepared to escalate job action to get it.”

The union also claims the Casino’s current scheduling practices make it almost impossible to achieve a reasonable work-life balance.

Local 1090 is also seeking to strengthen benefits and the pension plan.

Unifor represents almost 1,500 workers at Rama including dealers, cashiers, slot workers, food and beverage staff, environmental services, finance, hotel, valet, entertainment and other staff.