A strike at Burnaby’s Grand Villa Casino has been averted.
More than 1,200 members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) working at Gateway’s Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby and Starlight Casino in New Westminster voted to accept new collective agreements.
In November, the Grand Villa workers voted 88.6 per cent to strike.
The four-year contracts include a weighted average of 15-per-cent wage increases over the life of the agreement, with some of the lowest-paid workers receiving over 20-per-cent increases, according to the union.
BCGEU represents over 800 workers at Gateway’s Grand Villa Casino and over 450 at Starlight Casino. BCGEU members work in table games, as slot attendants, cashiers, in the count room, kitchen, restaurants, security, guest services and maintenance.
Back in July, unionized employees at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam went back at work after voting to ratify — barely — a new labour contract with the company, ending a 10-week strike.