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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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  • Kimberley Wallace
    commented 2018-09-24 12:43:04 -0700
    Dont give up. This will be worth it in the need and we are sending our support your way.
  • Tova Barnett
    commented 2018-09-24 12:42:50 -0700
    Stand strong for what you believe in. Don’t give up even when you are tired and don’t want to fight anymore. Don’t let them bring you down. Stick together. You absolutely deserve this 100%.
  • Lovette Roberts
    commented 2018-09-24 12:40:09 -0700
    Keep it up. You guys deserve a better wage
  • Karen Beischer
    commented 2018-09-24 12:39:23 -0700
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I stand behind you and with you ! Stay strong —we believe in you!
  • karen shields
    commented 2018-09-24 12:37:51 -0700
    Stay strong.
  • Samuel Gill
    commented 2018-09-24 12:33:56 -0700
    Never give up – never compromise on your rights and above all don’t let anyone push you …. stand up and fight – #BCGU is with you. We all are with you
  • Wesley Guiboche
    commented 2018-09-24 12:32:18 -0700
    Stay strong brothers and sisters.
  • Aaron Bos
    commented 2018-09-24 12:30:02 -0700
    Hi i have worked in the casino industry sense 2004. Starting in alberta, i then moved over to bc. Im now back in alberta where i was just laid off from the caisno i worked at. I have worked in a few casinos in Alberta and worked at river rock in Richmond bc. This once was a great job. We were skilled employees that were paid accordinly. We were crupiers bringing entertainment to our guests. As the years passed and minimum wage keept increaseing, smaller casinos could not pay dealers with more experience and more games a higher wage. Now were thought of as chump change, a dime a dozen. Were basically government workers given the % that they take but we recieve no benafits or equal wages, no overtime pay, no respect on the job site. Not to mention the stress level of the job has sky rocketed. The economey was richer before and patrons had access money to spend. Now its harder to make a dollar and the same patrons need to get there gambling fix but dont have as much money. So now when they loose quickly, there more hostile with the dealing staff as they believe there the direct reason for loosing. This makes for a very stressfull work day let alone work week. I just wanted to let everyone know that your not just doing this for you and your casino but it shows lower level casino staff accross canada that we have a voice. Shows everyone we deserve to be treated better. I wish i was there with you holding a sign. Much love and support!! Keep fighting.
  • Jason Miller
    commented 2018-09-24 12:29:15 -0700
    Thank you for standing up, keep up the good work
  • Laurel Phillips
    commented 2018-09-24 12:28:06 -0700
    When I was a little girl my father worked as a longshoreman. Often the men would go on strike for better/safer working conditions, wages and to hold onto retirement deals and pensions. When they had to stay off work for months, holding out for what they deserved, my father and some of the other men would rent a cube van and buy groceries with what little money they could pool. Then they would drive to the homes of union members who were suffering the most and drop off food.

    Stay the course! Look after your brothers and sisters. Solidarity wins the war on greed.
  • Alex M
    commented 2018-09-24 12:26:34 -0700
    Good for you. Keep up the good fight. Casinos make millions and billions of dollars a year, the LEAST they could do is show its support for the people who provide their guests with a quality experience, by paying staff a living wage.
  • Aria Liu
    commented 2018-09-24 12:26:26 -0700
    I appreciate what union’s doibg now. Strongly support what we are fighting for.
  • Jim Murray
    commented 2018-09-24 12:24:17 -0700
    Venceremos! * En toute solidarité * In solidarity!
  • Drina Read
    commented 2018-09-24 12:24:04 -0700
    We are so proud of you! Thanks for not backing down. You will be successful!!
  • Tatyana Serzhanova
    commented 2018-09-24 12:22:35 -0700
    Hey guys,

    I believe that you do the right thing fighting for your rights to get appropriate wage for your hard work. The life is getting more and more expensive, but the employers don’t care if you can’t live on these wages. The only way to explain is to let them loose their profit. Our Union is a great support and I wish you to rich your goal.
  • Tracy Miller
    commented 2018-09-24 12:21:50 -0700
    Stay strong my friends and you deserve to get a fair wage and good working conditions.
  • Kim Smylski
    commented 2018-09-24 12:17:58 -0700
    Stay true! Hope you’re making it through!
  • Eleine Gordon
    commented 2018-09-24 12:15:12 -0700
    Hello I walked the picket line with some of you on the 13th with component 4. Right on for standing up for your rights and demanding what is fair for you and future employees. Keep going and stay strong!

    In solidarity,

    Eleine Gordon

    Local Chair 408
  • Vivian Fraser
    commented 2018-09-24 12:14:27 -0700
    Exercising your rights as Canadians to stand up for living wages, better working conditions and respect on the job is empowering. You deserve those things! Have the courage to continue to be united in your efforts and stay strong!
  • Harold Rezansoff
    commented 2018-09-24 12:10:01 -0700
    stand tall sisters and brothers!

    striking a company is never an easy decision or action – we are cheering for you.

    wishing for a respectful resolve.
  • David Wright
    commented 2018-09-24 12:09:55 -0700
    Hey Keep it up… !! You all are going to win…
  • Lorraine Thomas
    commented 2018-09-24 12:09:02 -0700
    Hang in there! You all deserve better wages!!
  • Michael McCarthy
    commented 2018-09-24 12:07:45 -0700
    I have found other forms of entertainment until you get justice! My friends are following my lead too. You are not alone!

  • Helen Wanfang Chen
    commented 2018-09-24 12:07:35 -0700
    Please stay strong and stand together! Solidarity works !
  • Min N
    commented 2018-09-24 12:04:17 -0700
    Sending my support to the fellow members and hoping that a new contract will be struck soon! #BCGEU
  • Sue Frith
    commented 2018-09-24 12:03:42 -0700
    Thinking of you as you fight for fair wages!! Don’t give up!
  • Jenn Halford
    commented 2018-09-24 12:02:38 -0700
    “There will always be someone who can’t see your worth. Don’t let it be you.” – Mel Robbins

    Your strength, perseverance and dedication prove your value is not lost on you and you’re determined to make sure your employer recognizes it too.

    Stay strong! Sending you support and positive vibes from the fraser valley.
  • Lena Dombrosky
    commented 2018-09-24 11:59:56 -0700
    Keep fighting for the right to be treated well! You are the ones who do all the hard work and you deserve to be paid fairly.
  • Allan Peterkin
    commented 2018-09-24 11:59:18 -0700
    Dear Sisters and Brothers. We are one. I know it is hard going at this point in time, and has been for the past months, but hang in there, be strong, and know a positive outcome will prevail. My thoughts are with you, my hopes are with you, my strength is with you. Allan (steward in Comp 3 )
  • Kathleen MacKillop
    commented 2018-09-24 11:58:03 -0700
    While we may not be in your vicinity, we have your back! We are unified in Spirit! Stay Strong :)