"The message is strong – casino workers feel they belong in our union." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
Victoria (27 May 2019) — Over 130 employees across 5 departments at Elements Casino Victoria voted to join the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) to fight for job security, better wages, fairness and a voice at their workplace. The positive vote to join was 87 per cent, with 82 per cent of workers casting a ballot. These workers join over 3,400 casino workers who are already a part of BC's leading union in the gaming sector.
A strong majority want to be a part of the union
"These workers have clearly made a choice to stand together to make improvements in their worksite," said Stephanie Smith, president of the BCGEU. "The message is strong – casino workers feel they belong in our union."
The departments joining the BCGEU/NUPGE are table games, slots, cage, count, and guest services.
Elements Casino Victoria is located in View Royal, and is owned by Great Canadian Casinos, a subsidiary of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, which owns River Rock Casino Resort and Hard Rock Casino.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE