Employees at the Elements Casino in View Royal voted in favour of joining the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union. (Black Press Media file photo)

View Royal casino workers unionize to negotiate better working conditions

Employees across five departments voted to join B.C.’s biggest union in gaming

More than 130 employees in five departments – table games, slots, cage, count and guest services – at Elements Casino in View Royal plan to join the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU).

Paul Finch, treasurer of the BCGEU, said workers voted to unionize in order to negotiate better working conditions.

“It’s clear their priorities are the wages and the benefits in the sector – and scheduling,” he noted. “We’ve seen this trend across the entire industry and also inside Great Canadian Gaming Corporation,” he added.

ALSO READ: Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

Two other Great Canadian Gaming Corporation casinos, River Rock in Richmond and Vancouver’s Hard Rock, joined BCGEU in recent years. Their bargaining committees as a result were able to negotiate “superior” contracts, Finch said.

“We believe that [Elements] workers would be able to do the same,” he added.

“These workers have clearly made a choice to stand together to make improvements in their worksite,” Stephanie Smith, president of the BCGEU, said in a statement.

“The message is strong – casino workers feel they belong in our union,” she said.

In an email statement to Black Press Media, a Great Canadian Gaming Corporation spokesperson said, “Elements Casino Victoria respects and recognizes the decision made by team members who voted in favour of joining the [BCGEU] … We will be working with the BCGEU in the coming months.”

ALSO READ: British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

The unionization was the culmination of “several months” of effort, Finch noted.

The vote to join was 87 per cent, with 82 per cent of workers casting a ballot. Workers will now have to vote to elect a new bargaining committee.

The workers will join the more than 3,400 casino employees already part of the BCGEU.

The union in recent years has seen a “rapid increase” of unionization in the casino sector, Finch said. “In an industry where there is so much profit, [workers] want to see a fair share of that profit.”



swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Esquimalt speed skating week helps province determine find fastest skater

Speed Week takes place on Dec. 17 at Archie Browning arena

Longtime Saanich drama group brings pirates onstage for traditional Christmas pantomime

St. Luke’s Players present Treasure Island Dec. 18 to Jan. 4

Goldstream church offers free festive feast

Gordon United Church says all are welcome to attend Monday’s meal

Sex workers march in downtown Victoria for Red Umbrella Day

Red umbrellas became a symbol of sex workers after an art installation in Italy

MLA Adam Olsen calls for ‘substantial’ changes in provincial economy

Green Party MLA also criticizes gap between government rhetoric and actions

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Most Read