Vernon Lake City Casino changes affect 31 local workers

April 6, 2009

Thirty-one casino workers will be displaced by electronic gambling machines when Lake City Casinos opens at its new Vernon location in June. These dealers and concession workers will be directly affected by the exclusion of live table games from the new facility.

The employer has informed members of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union who work for Lake City that they can choose to apply for 15 new restaurant positions in the new casino, but that management will determine their "compatibility" for these jobs.

"Some of these workers who will be laid off, as of June 10, have worked at the casino in various departments for up to 22 years," notes BCGEU President Darryl Walker.

"Now they are being told that a ‘culinary assessment' expert will evaluate their suitability for these serving jobs according to "physical, personality and entertainment" criteria. Our union will be closely monitoring to ensure there is no discrimination in the hiring process.

"Further, the BCGEU will be ensuring that the rights of any members who are laid off are fully respected under their collective agreement."

The BCGEU currently represents close to 80 members at the Lake City Casino in Vernon.