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Good News for Gateway as Casino Strike Finally Ends
This is a battle that has been raging for a long time, and it seemed to have reached a stalemate. Workers claimed they were unhappy about certain elements of their contracts, such as pay, and working conditions. Gateway had claimed they had made reasonable offers but they were rejected. Unions got involved, and the whole thing got a bit messy and nasty.
The British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) seems to have been at the forefront of negotiations with Gateway (and likely other casino companies across the province too). President of BCGEU Stephanie Smith said, “I am so impressed with the solidarity of our members. They should be really proud of what they achieved by sticking together throughout this process.”
It is clearly a big win for the unions, and the workers, but the close nature of the vote showed there is still work to do. Indeed, the tentative deal struck with Gateway showed 259 votes for, and 252 against. This shows how tight it is, and that things could have gone either way. Hopefully, this is a development that is going to set an important precedent for the future, and help other striking workers across the country find common ground with their employers.