Casino work­ers nar­rowly agree to deal

Times Colonist - - Business -

KAM­LOOPS — About 700 casino work­ers in the In­te­rior nar­rowly voted to ac­cept a four-year con­tract agree­ment.

Af­ter 19 weeks on the picket lines, mem­bers of the B.C. Gov­ern­ment and Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees’ Union voted 50.7 per cent in favour of the deal.

Union pres­i­dent Stephanie Smith said she un­der­stands some mem­bers may have felt they were be­ing dis­re­spected by the em­ployer.

Smith said she’s im­pressed by the sol­i­dar­ity and courage of mem­bers and they should be proud of what they achieved by stick­ing to­gether in the bar­gain­ing process.

The agree­ment in­cludes an aver­age wage in­crease of 23.5 per cent over the life of the con­tract and im­proved ben­e­fits, es­pe­cially for part-time work­ers.

The mem­bers work at Gate­way Casi­nos in Kam­loops, Kelowna, Ver­non and Pen­tic­ton and are ex­pected to be back on the job Sat­ur­day.

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