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Send a message of support to striking BCGEU members at Gateway Casinos in the B.C. interior

Nearly 700 BCGEU members at four Gateway Casinos have been on strike since June 29.

Mediated talks recently broke off after Gateway refused to release financial information to back claims they cannot afford to pay higher wages.

Our members work at Playtime Casino in Kelowna, Lake City Casino in Vernon, and Cascades Casinos in Kamloops and Penticton. They work table games, as slot attendants, cashiers, in the count room, kitchen, security, guest services and maintenance.

They’re asking for living wages, better working conditions, and respect on the job.

We all know life in the Thompson-Okanagan is expensive. Gateway's most recent offer isn’t fair or reasonable. It would keep our members working in their casinos in the region earning well below wages casino workers are making on the coast for the same work. Our members simply cannot afford to live in the region on the wages the company is offering.

Spirits remain high on the picket lines, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why we’re seeking messages of support and solidarity. From you to them.

We have reason to be positive. On September 19, the B.C. Supreme Court denied Gateway's application to restrict picketing at the Penticton location. This is great news. The court upheld picketing as an exercise of free expression and workers’ rights.

Please sign the petition and add a message of support for BCGEU members at the four Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan.

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  • Larry Brown
    commented 2018-10-11 13:34:03 -0700
    On behalf of the officers, staff, and the 390,000 members of the National Union, I would like to offer support and solidarity to all the BCGEU/NUPGE casino workers currently on strike at Gateway Casino’s 4 Okanagan work sites.

    We salute your determination to achieve a decent contract, and we admire the courage you have shown in this struggle.

    We also congratulate you on your big victory with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, which rejected an employer injunction that would have limited your right to picket at the Penticton location. The court’s ruling is great news for BCGEU casino workers and for all unions in Canada, because the court’s judgment upholds picketing as an exercise of free expression and workers’ rights.

    In solidarity,

    Larry Brown


    National Union of Public and General Employees
  • Sara Labelle
    commented 2018-10-11 10:29:38 -0700
    Stay strong! All of the labour movement stands with you across Canada – solidarity from Ontario.
  • Diane Voripaieff
    commented 2018-10-11 09:32:58 -0700
    Courage and fortitude will win the day. Keep at it people and thanks .
  • Susie Proulx-Daigle
    commented 2018-10-11 09:17:13 -0700
    Solidarity from the New Brunswick Union! I wish you much deserved success… you’re definelty a picture of solidarity for us all across the country… continue to have each other’s backs, standing shoulder to shoulder against everything that is trying to tear you apart. Your struggles today, are all of ours on another day… you will win this!
  • Holly Fraughton
    commented 2018-10-11 08:39:13 -0700
    Keep fighting for what’s right! Solidarity from Nova Scotia :)
  • Jason MacLEan
    commented 2018-10-11 06:24:43 -0700
    Solidarity from the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU). Stay strong everyone!
  • Erin Carroll
    commented 2018-10-11 01:46:27 -0700
    Stay strong!
  • Amanda Chung
    commented 2018-10-10 22:24:20 -0700
    Stay strong, united we stand. Together, we are one in spirit. We have to fight for our fair wages.
  • Erica Markus-Pawliuk
    commented 2018-10-10 20:15:56 -0700
    Stay strong and we support you.
  • Matt Damario
    commented 2018-10-10 14:01:34 -0700
    You are facing a nasty employer but staying strong! I’m so proud that you are part of our union. Solidarity!
  • Jennifer Keenan
    commented 2018-10-10 13:25:17 -0700
    Stay strong and keep fighting the good fight! You all have my complete support. Solidarity!
  • Rick Raymond
    commented 2018-10-10 12:20:42 -0700
    You all are there for a just cause. Better conditions for now and the future
    commented 2018-10-10 09:19:59 -0700
    Stay strong as your are fighting the battle for all underpaid workers in Canada. Component 8 stands with you.
  • Mara Pavan
    commented 2018-10-06 16:00:16 -0700
    I stand by you 100%. It’s absolutely horrible what gateway is doing to its employees. No one can live on bare minimum and support a family as well.
  • Bal Sandhu
    commented 2018-10-06 15:13:17 -0700
    One Day Longer! Solidarity Forever!
  • Shannon Brinston
    commented 2018-10-04 16:40:31 -0700
    To all the people I love and had the pleasure to work with let me tell you I stand with you 100%. Although I can’t be there to show my support I am here cheering you all on, hoping you all get paid what you are worth! If the casino can’t pay you what you are worth they don’t deserve you. Your personalities, customer service and wonderful attitudes are what keeps patrons coming back. To Gateway pay your workers what they are worth, it ins’t like it will cause you to go out of business!
  • Monica Urrutia
    commented 2018-10-04 14:52:56 -0700
    Stay strong! Sharing you stories of struggle will make a difference. Gateway Casinos should be shamed of themselves.
  • Stephanie Smith
    commented 2018-10-04 10:56:15 -0700
  • Jody Dukart
    commented 2018-10-03 20:27:59 -0700
    Stay strong and positive ! This is history in the making for a better future for generations to come. You are making a difference standing together in solidarity. The UMWA supports you every step of the way.
  • Kerry Niven
    commented 2018-10-03 20:15:07 -0700
    Keep going and you will all get there !!

    Sending encouragement from your brothers and sisters at BC Place as well as the UFCW local 247
  • Talitha Dekker
    commented 2018-10-03 20:00:17 -0700
    Hang in there people! Solidarity from HEU
  • Cheryl King
    commented 2018-10-02 23:26:10 -0700
    Keep on keepin on!!
  • Sally Nicholson
    commented 2018-10-02 19:31:13 -0700
    Thinking of all of you and wishing only the best for my brothers and sisters
  • Mia Wallas
    followed this page 2018-10-02 16:38:14 -0700
  • Mia Wallas
    commented 2018-10-02 16:36:23 -0700
    if you or your fellow unionized co workers ever get called in to their offices to speak with management about a small infraction or grievance, always keep this attachment in mind so you know what you are dealing with…the GM at Playtime in Kelowna who wrote that memo was once upon a time a phone sex worker in her younger days…not that there is anything wrong with that as a job is a job and no one has to be saint or pious to be a manager etc…just remember she drank the companies kool-aid and these are the types of people the company chose to indoctrinate…always remember that very rude line in the post “REGARDLESS OF WHO IS ASKING

    Remember, no matter what type of grievance comes up while employed at Gateway, especially those employed at Playtime Kelowna, always keep in mind this rude line “REGARDLESS OF WHO IS ASKING” and the type of people you are dealing with in management and just laugh…

    Stay strong…
  • Xavier Grillot
    commented 2018-10-02 16:13:54 -0700
    Keep fighting for a noble cause !
  • Lois Rugg
    commented 2018-10-02 15:37:52 -0700
    One day longer. You can do it. You deserve a fair agreement. In solidarity, CUPE Local 4879 representing support staff at Thompson Rivers University
  • Douglas Thompson
    commented 2018-10-02 12:50:24 -0700
    Thank You. What you are doing benefits all workers.
  • Karl Marx
    commented 2018-10-02 12:41:35 -0700
    Workers of the world, unite!

    The proletariat have nothing to lose but their chains!!!
  • Melissa Roth
    commented 2018-10-02 10:15:04 -0700
    “A society grows great when people plant a tree, knowing not who will enjoy it’s shade.” Your fight has already planted trees for people in your home town, and for workers everywhere standing for what is right.