Kamloops District Labour Council joins casino workers on picket lines over weekend

By Adam Donnelly
October 15, 2018 - 12:11pm Updated: October 15, 2018 - 1:42pm

KAMLOOPS — On Saturday, dozens of BCGEU employees of Cascades Casino were joined on the picket lines by their sisters and brothers from the Kamloops and District Labour Council for a solidarity rally.

It’s been nearly four months since Cascades employees went on strike. They’re seeking a significant wage increase from their employer, Gateway Casinos.

BCGEU Spokesperson Melissa Frank told CFJC Today the rally focused on garnering support from the community.

“The members out here are solid, we’re strong in our lines and we’re willing to stay out here as long as it takes to get the respect and the contract we deserve,” Frank said.

The two sides last met at the bargaining table in September, but those talks were not fruitful. Frank says despite the lack of discussion between the two sides, the union members are open to meeting.

“Right now there [are] no tentative dates set, but we’re hoping to get some in the near future,” Frank said. “We’re always willing to sit down and negotiate.”

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