Deal brings 10-week Hard Rock casino strike to a close

The vote means more than 400 unionized employees will be heading back to work

Unionized employees at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam are heading back to work after voting in favour of a new labour contract that will end a 10-week strike | Tri-City News file photo

Unionized employees at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam are heading back to work after voting in favour of a new labour contract that will end the 10-week strike.

More than 400 employees at the facility have been on strike since May 11 in a dispute over wages and hours of work. A tentative agreement had been reached between management and the union last month but workers voted against ratification.

Negotiations have continued since then and on Monday the BCGEU announced that a new agreement had been accepted by a majority of members.  

"BCGEU members at the Hard Rock casino stuck together through a long, tough fight and thanks to their strength and solidarity and the support of the labour movement and the community they now have a collective agreement that sets a new standard for casino workers in BC,” said Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president.  

“We couldn’t be prouder of their commitment and resolve."

Tri-City News