News: Windsor Casino Workers Ratify Tentative Agreement —

Casino workers vote on tentative agreement, June 4, 2018. (Unifor Local 444)

June 4. Caesars Windsor workers ratified the third tentative agreement presented to them by a vote of 75 per cent after being on strike for over 60 days. The latest agreement was reached between their union Unifor Local 444 and the U.S. corporation Caesars Entertainment on June 2.

The highlights of the three-year deal, according to an outline provided by the union, include the following changes from the prior tentative agreement rejected by the workers: pay raises in years 1, 2 and 3 respectively go from $0.75, $0.50, $0.50 to $0.75, $0.75, $0.25; retirement incentives, and a letter of understanding that the company has no plans to “close any existing food service outlet or eliminate/contract out any department within the bargaining unit during the term of the new collective agreement.”

Ontario has 25 slots and casino locations employing some 16,800 people in food, hospitality, security and gaming. When workers defend their wages and working conditions and oppose contracting out in one location, it contributes to workers doing the same in the others. Congratulations to the Caesars Windsor workers for standing firm.