Lake City Casino workers ratify new agreement

May 30, 2008

Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) employed at Lake City Casino have voted 70 percent in favour of a new three-year collective agreement.

Balloting concluded last night for the four casino sites: Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.

"We're pleased with the results of this vote, given the difficult round of negotiations," said George Heyman, BCGEU president. "Our goal was to reach a negotiated settlement and we were able to do that."

"I would like to thank the members for their support during this long process," said Heyman.

Highlights of the new agreement includes additional adjustments for the lowest paid employees and greater flexibility on scheduling of work.

After turning down a previous tentative agreement, then acquiring a strike mandate from the membership, the bargaining committee was able to return to the bargaining table with Lake City Casinos earlier this month. With the assistance of the Labour Relations Board, the parties were able to reach a tentative agreement.

The new agreement will expire on September 4, 2010.

The 500 staff at the casinos work as dealers, slot machine attendants, cashiers, food and beverage servers and security personnel.