Solidarity picket with striking casino workers in the Thompson-Okanagan
Events planned on Saturday at all four Gateway casinos
(Okanagan) Over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) on strike at Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan region will be welcoming community members and guests from unions across the labour movement for solidarity pickets at all four locations on Saturday, July 21.
The events, starting at 12pm at Cascades Casino in Kamloops and ending at 8pm in Penticton, will be staggered throughout the day to allow supporters to visit more than one picket line.
“We’re calling on union and community members throughout the Thompson Okanagan region to support these casino workers on strike for a living wage,” says BCGEU Executive Vice President Doug Kinna.
“Union members everywhere need to help send a message: wealthy employers, like Gateway Casinos, have short-changed workers for too long – our members deserve their fair share in the company’s success.”
Who: Gateway Casino workers on strike in the Thompson Okanagan welcoming guests from other unions across the labour movement. Local casino workers will be available at each location to speak with media.
What: Solidarity picket to show support for Gateway Casino workers on strike since June 29, 2018 for fair wages and respect on the job.
12 pm - Cascades Casino Kamloops - 1555 Versatile Drive
3 pm - Lake City Casino Vernon - 4900 Anderson Way
5:30 pm - Playtime Casino Kelowna - 1300 Water Street
8 pm - Cascades Casino Penticton - 201 - 553 Vees Drive
Why: Over 675 BCGEU members working at four Gateway Casinos in the Okanagan walked off the job on Friday, June 29 after mediation broke down with their employer. The union has been in mediated talks throughout the strike but have not reached a deal. Workers are fighting for living wages, better working conditions and respect on the job.
BCGEU represents staff spread across Gateway’s four casinos in the Okanagan: Playtime Casino in Kelowna, Lake City Casino in Vernon, and Cascades Casinos in Kamloops and Penticton. BCGEU members work in table games, as slot attendants, cashiers, in the count room, kitchen, security, guest services and maintenance.
Wendy Holm, author and agricultural economist, is visiting Kelowna to discuss the negative impacts of the Site C Dam and what communities can do to stop it. Holm and 14 other experts have sounded the alarm in a new book, Damming the Peace: The Hidden Costs of the Site C Dam.
She’ll be speaking Wednesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at 702 Bernard Ave. (French Cultural Centre) in an event sponsored by the Council of Canadians. Admission free or by donation.
Royalties from book sales will be donated to the Nun Wa Dee Stewardship Society through the Yellow Stakes campaign to support the Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations in their legal challenge of the project.
Update here: Talks in casino strike fail to produce deal
News release from BCGEU (June 27):
Gateway’s Okanagan casino workers to take strike action
Workers in Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton will walk off the job on Friday
(Okanagan) Over 675 members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway Casinos in the Okanagan are walking off the job on Friday, June 29. Casino workers at Cascades Kamloops, Cascades Penticton, Playtime Kelowna and Lake City Vernon are set to strike after mediation broke down earlier this week.
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Click on the Photos link above to see some photos from the ceremony in Ben Lee Park.
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Vice Presidents - Ronn Dunn, Carmen Belanger, Shane Curveon
Secretary Treasurer - Louise Gibson
Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone
Sergeant at Arms - Karen Abramsen
Central Delegate - Helen Repole
Northern Delegate - Wynn Hartfelder
Trustees - Greg McGowan, Gail Neufeld (joining current trustee Mike Porteous).
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