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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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  • Arlene Schimmelpfennig
    commented 2018-10-02 00:43:53 -0700
    Stay strong. Your employer needs to know you are committed to a fairer workplace.
  • Suzy Labelle
    commented 2018-10-01 19:35:02 -0700
    Don’t give up, we stand with you, all jobs should get equal pay for equal work, no matter where the location may be!
  • marilyn mclean
    commented 2018-10-01 12:24:27 -0700
  • Stephen Von Sychowski
    commented 2018-10-01 10:42:53 -0700
    Vancouver and District Labour Council stands with Gateway Casino workers! Stay strong, with solidarity you will win!
  • Rungthip (Pan) Asa
    commented 2018-09-30 11:47:55 -0700
    A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work!!
  • Anonee Mousse
    commented 2018-09-29 22:10:15 -0700
    Thank you all for standing up! I look at this as something you do — not only for yourself, but also for humble (and scared :c ) workers like me who could only wish to be heard. THANK YOU!!!
  • Sarah Fawns
    commented 2018-09-29 19:13:49 -0700
    You’ve got this! Stay strong! We are all with you!
  • Josephine Kenchenten
    commented 2018-09-29 18:17:22 -0700
    Rural Suburban Mail Carriers from CUPW just had a big pay equity win, many believe this hugely supports unfair wages everywhere. Stay strong!
  • Vicky Klassen
    commented 2018-09-29 11:29:42 -0700
    Stay positive! I will continue to support all of you guys until you get what you are fighting for! Be strong and proud in your fight for what is fair for you!
  • Tom Rokeby
    commented 2018-09-29 07:49:27 -0700
    Hold the line! I am very proud of the stand you are making for your fames and all other workers in your community.
  • Roger Pannett
    commented 2018-09-29 00:34:50 -0700
    Stay strong & United.

    I always blow my horn & give you the thumbs up as I pass by.

    Sincere Best Wishes.

  • Roger Pannett
    commented 2018-09-29 00:32:40 -0700
    I have recently been travelling past Kamloops Cascades Casinos and always blow my vehicle horn and give them the thumbs up.. Stay strong & United.

    Sincere Best Wishes . Roger.
  • Tim Peters
    commented 2018-09-28 20:55:42 -0700
    Hello from your brothers and sisters at the Prince George Youth Containment Centre stay strong it’s great to see people who stand up and fight, hopefully the BCGEU will stand behind you.

    We were lucky enough to say hey to a group picketing in Kamloops when we were down there….hope you enjoyed the Timmys👍
  • Colleen Nelson
    commented 2018-09-28 20:01:05 -0700
    Sisters, Brothers, Comrades and Friends – sending you support and positive thoughts for a new contract and a fair deal.
  • Emet Davis
    commented 2018-09-28 14:29:19 -0700
    Hang tough. Stay strong. We support you. Solidarity!
  • Bronwen Barnett
    commented 2018-09-28 11:32:46 -0700
    Standing with you from Burnaby B.C., stay strong!!
  • Nathan Walsh
    commented 2018-09-28 10:20:03 -0700
    Stay Strong! You are fighting the good fight and deserved to be heard, acknowledged and appreciated.
  • Barbara Moore
    commented 2018-09-28 09:48:45 -0700
    Stay strong!
  • Linda Wilson
    commented 2018-09-28 09:02:19 -0700
    UFCW1518 members support you! #Solidarity
  • Mike Wiebe
    commented 2018-09-28 08:06:25 -0700
    Hold strong brothers & sisters
  • Christos Yannacopoulos
    commented 2018-09-28 01:56:34 -0700
  • Robert Aucoin
    commented 2018-09-27 18:49:31 -0700
    Solidarity sisters and brothers, don’t stop until you get what’s rightfully yours.
  • Joanne Arsenault
    commented 2018-09-27 18:34:15 -0700
    Have faith, and keep positive! Power in numbers! :)
  • Owen Powers
    commented 2018-09-27 15:46:36 -0700
    Keep at it everyone!! You guys are great and you deserve better! PS – shout out to Lisa Powers :)
  • Roy Lechner
    commented 2018-09-27 09:16:48 -0700
    I stood on the picket line this summer for only a brief time a few weeks ago, and was impressed by Gateway Casino workers’ determination to achieve fair wages. I wish you all well, and success in your effort.
  • Margaret Wehlen
    commented 2018-09-27 09:06:19 -0700
    Hope they do better for you then they do for us here in Williams lake
  • Sam Raven
    commented 2018-09-26 21:32:13 -0700
    You’ve got this!! we all stand with you in spirit since we cant be there in person! Love & Support from your fellow BCGEU’rs in Smithers :)
  • Mike Chiasson
    commented 2018-09-26 19:38:58 -0700
  • Cheryl Ash
    commented 2018-09-26 15:06:44 -0700
    Stay Strong!!
  • Cheryl Ash
    commented 2018-09-26 15:06:14 -0700
    Stay Strong!