Mediation for Casino Workers
Gateway Casinos and the union representing close to 700 employees will head back to mediation Monday.
BC Government Employees Union President, Stephanie Smith says wage proposals were not discussed at the last mediation session. She says last time, "we were still trying to work on some language issues and our members were waiting for hours and hours for a response from the employer and at that point we realized there wasn't quite the incentive on the part of the employer to deal with us and that's why we asked the mediator to book out."
Smith says mediation is scheduled to last 3 days.
In the meantime, casino workers remain on the picket line in Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops. She says spirits on the picket line remain high, "other unions have been showing up to show their support, we've been getting lots of community support, this is serious business we really do want to try and get an agreement, but at the same time we're also trying to ensure that our members feel that what they're doing right now is worthwhile."
While workers are striking casinos are operating with reduced hours and limited services.