Casino Niagara security employees vote big in favour of strike

Key issues include fair shift scheduling, reasonable disciplinary language and hiring of more full-time staff

 

Niagara Falls (22 March 2006) - Security employees at one of Ontario’s largest casinos have voted 92% in favour of strike action if talks fail to produce a new collective agreement.

The workers, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), are currently in contract talks with a corporate consortium led by the Chicago-based Hyatt Corporation.

“Our members are standing firm,” says Local 278 president Jody Hutton.

“They have said over and over that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get a new agreement that is fair, and addresses outstanding problems. We are united behind our bargaining team.”

Hutton says the main union issues include fair shift scheduling, reasonable disciplinary language and the hiring of more full-time staff.

Virgery Vanier, OPSEU staff representative and negotiator for the local, said she hopes the vote will send a message to the employer that the union is serious.

“The members have made it very clear that they want their concerns addressed,” Vanier emphasizes. “They are ready to take action, but we are optimistic that we can achieve a settlement without disrupting operations at the casino.”

The current contract between the security staff and Casino Niagara expires March 31, 2006.NUPGE