"Workers are being assaulted while treating patients without risk assessments being done, with inadequate security protection. One could make the case that the employer is complicit in these attacks on hospital staff." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
"After 16 years of cuts and wage restraint leading the sector into crisis, this agreement with a government that wants to put people first provides a foundation to build on." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The alleged incidents range in seriousness from failing to comply with regulations around ID'ing patrons to failing to identify what would normally be flagged as suspicious behaviour possibly related to money-laundering.
The Public Service Bargaining Committee is recommending that members vote in favour of the agreement.
Casino workers deserve adequate employment protection, security and training to identify and report suspicious activities. They also need the recommendations in the Dirty Money report that impact their work to be implemented.
Workers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton will walk off the job on June 29.
"This truly is a ground-breaking deal that will help achieve fairness for casino workers across the industry." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Each year, the 390,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers scholarships hat reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers.
There are many worthy charities and non-profits working in the area of disaster recovery but the Executive Committee chose to donate to the Red Cross in order to take advantage of the B.C. government's pledge to match up to $20 million in donations.
"This investment, the first of its kind in 20 years, will reduce this pressure — both for the women and children in need, as well as for the workers that care for and support them." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President