New tentative agreement reached for BCGEU members at Lake City casinos

May 8, 2008

A new tentative collective agreement covering approximately 500 BC Government and Service Employees' Union members at Lake City Casinos has been reached with the assistance of a mediator. BCGEU members at the casinos in Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon will vote the week of May 26 on whether to accept the new agreement.

Members had returned to the bargaining table after rejecting an earlier tentative agreement, and registering an 86% vote in favour of taking job action if necessary to back their demands for an improved agreement.

Under this revised three year agreement, all members will see higher wages, more flexibility in shift scheduling, paid training, and improved benefits. Night shift workers will also receive a shift premium.

Union negotiator Mike Orders says, "With the help of the Labour Relations Board mediator, we have convinced the employer to make significant improvements in the wage structure, particularly for the lowest-paid workers."

Servers who currently start at $9 an hour will see their wage rate rise to $10.14 an hour by the third year of the agreement. Security staff who currently earn $16.87 an hour will reach $18.29 an hour in the final year of the agreement.

The union bargaining committee is unanimously recommending acceptance of the new tentative agreement.

BCGEU members at the four Lake City Casinos locations work as guest service representatives, dealers, slot machine attendants, cashiers, food and beverage servers drop team members and security personnel.

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