More Gateway Casino Burnaby staff join BCGEU

May 21, 2009

After latest organizing success, union represent
almost 700 employees at B.C.’s second largest casino

A 120-member employee group at Burnaby’s Gateway Casino has voted overwhelmingly to join the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union to make their workplace better.

The new union members include servers, bartenders, cooks and other kitchen staff, dishwashers, bussers, and porters. They voted on joining the union late last week in a ballot supervised by the B.C. Labour Relations Board.

BCGEU president Darryl Walker says he’s gratified the new members have chosen BCGEU as the union that will help them improve workplace conditions.

"We are pleased to be the union of choice for B.C. casino workers," says Walker, "and we welcome these new members to our ranks. We’ll move quickly to address their priority issues like wages, job security, and working conditions."

The latest vote brings to almost 700 the number of BCGEU members at Gateway’s flagship Burnaby casino. In addition, BCGEU also represents 500 more workers employed at Gateway-owned casino facilities in the Interior. Contract negotiations are already underway for most Gateway Burnaby employees, says Walker.

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Contact Stephen Howard, BCGEU communications 604-992-0105