Still no progress in latest Gateway Casino talks

By Doug Collins
September 11, 2018 - 5:52am

KAMLOOPS — A strike at Gateway Casino operations in the Kamloops-Okanagan area is now 2 1/2 months in, and there's no sign of a resolution yet.  Four days of negotiation last week failed to move anything forward. The Casinos, in Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton, went behind picket lines June 29th. 

The company issued what it called an open letter to its Thompson-Okanagan communities yesterday. In it, Public Relations spokesperson Tanya Gabara said the four days of talks resulted in further disappointment. Gabara said the company offered the union a package that would have every employee receiving first-year increases from seven to 19 per cent. She said those increases, coupled with tips averaging $8 to $12 per hour, would have had Gateway employees above market rates.

The Union has not commented so far. The BCGEU earlier indicated it is asking for wage increases that average about 62 per cent for its largely minimum wage-earning workforce.

There are abut 675 workers on strike in the four cities, including 200 in Kamloops. There's no indication of any further talks on the drawing board. 

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