AUDIO: Caesars Windsor Workers Still On Strike
Still on strike at Caesars Windsor.
Workers have rejected the latest tentative agreement by a vote of 52.8% which means the strike continues on day 43, making it the longest strike in Caesars Windsor history.
Unifor Local 444 incoming President Dave Cassidy says the union worked its butt off to get the four year deal which included a pay increase of $2.25 over the life of the agreement.
"The facts of the matter are when I was up there on stage, I was very clear that we have squeezed the washcloth," says Cassidy. "There is not another drop to get there."
The bargaining committee was 100% behind the new deal with 2,100 employees have been on strike since early April.
Part-time worker Stacey Breault voted in favour of the deal and says "the whole team, they worked hard. It has been six weeks long and I want to get back to work and get things back to normal."
Mary Hansen works in housekeeping and voted against the deal saying it wasn't about money.
"It is about the things, it is about uniforms so I can do my job so I can show up for work in a clean uniform."
Meanwhile,Caesars Windsor officials say they are 'incredibly disappointed in the outcome of today's vote.'
Caesars Regional President Kevin Laforet calls it unfortunate as the deal was endorsed by both the Unifor National and Local 444 Bargaining teams.
"The agreement is more than fair and sustainable," said Laforet in a media release.
Caesars Windsor unionized employees voted down the second tentative agreement between Caesars Windsor and Unifor Local 444. We will remain closed at this time. Information about the future events and shows affected by the strike will be shared soon. https://t.co/FLuwPcMLK6— Caesars Windsor (@CaesarsWindsor) May 18, 2018
He says he wants to apologize for the continued inconvenience this causes its customers.
At this time there are no plans to return to the table.
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