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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.

Showing 263 reactions
  • J B
    commented 2018-09-26 14:23:47 -0700
    Power to the People !!!

    Stay strong for what is right.
  • jack li
    commented 2018-09-26 14:08:18 -0700
    Great effort! I support you.
  • Luis Diaz
    commented 2018-09-26 13:59:50 -0700
    Stay strong, solidarity from `UBCO campus
  • Amber Keane
    commented 2018-09-26 12:34:31 -0700
    In Solidarity from Local 703. Stay Strong!
  • Deborah Ezzy
    commented 2018-09-26 11:01:52 -0700
    As an H S A member I stand in solidarity for the BCGEU members who have been on strike since June 29!!!
  • laurie proudfoot
    commented 2018-09-26 09:26:40 -0700
    Stay strong! We are with you!
  • Deborah Fowler
    commented 2018-09-26 08:35:11 -0700
    Stay strong 😊
  • Yasmine Parker
    commented 2018-09-26 07:58:46 -0700
    Stay strong! Don’t give up! Solidarity 4Ever!
  • Ardeshir Razmjou
    commented 2018-09-26 07:58:46 -0700
    You have amazing team, you have my support
  • Marianne Bastien
    commented 2018-09-25 22:05:54 -0700
    I hold my head up high and my feet are planted firmly in support of your stance for better wages. Just keep adding to the chains, stand tall, hold the faith and believe that better and happier days are coming soon!!
  • Comox Valley
    commented 2018-09-25 21:21:46 -0700
    Out of curiosity, what are your current wages like? BCGEU Community at VIHA just ratified a new collective agreement. Despite the union saying they got us the first raise years, it’s still barely a living wage, if at all. Stephanie Smith seems to be really pushing for a living wage for you guys. Wish she’d done the same for us. Living here is expensive too, especially with kids. I hope you get it!!
  • Leverne Borton
    commented 2018-09-25 20:18:05 -0700
  • Leverne Borton
    commented 2018-09-25 20:17:45 -0700
    Solidarity … stay strong. Tips are a gift, not wages … so true. Why should we, the public, subsidize an employer.
  • Nancy Dodsworth
    commented 2018-09-25 19:01:18 -0700
    Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!! Sending you Solidarity from CUPW Edmonton Local!
  • Qiuping Zhao
    commented 2018-09-25 16:06:39 -0700
    I support you.
  • Diane Gillan
    commented 2018-09-25 15:33:22 -0700
    I support you!!
  • V M
    commented 2018-09-25 15:09:12 -0700
    Be strong! I support you!!!
  • E. Kandie
    commented 2018-09-25 12:05:59 -0700

  • Wendy Fredette
    commented 2018-09-25 11:17:57 -0700
    Don’t give up! I worked for Chances Salmon Arm and we also tried to get a union but so far have not. We had so many problems that a union would have fixed but management continues to “buy off” the staff by throwing bonuses at them to shut them up. Keep up the good fight!
  • Karen Tessier
    commented 2018-09-25 10:14:50 -0700
    Sending you support to help keep up your enthusiasm in this long strike with your employer.
  • Colleen Watson
    commented 2018-09-25 09:28:05 -0700
    Keep strong and win !! This employer is ridiculously cheap and has to fold
  • Colleen Watson
    commented 2018-09-25 09:26:46 -0700
    Keep strong and hold your stand!!! I fully support your cause, this employer is ridiculously cheap. Solidarity!!
  • Graham Veale
    commented 2018-09-25 09:13:14 -0700
    Stay strong and keep fighting for the pay and respect you deserve.
  • Kristy Brown
    commented 2018-09-25 08:58:20 -0700
    Stay strong my brothers and sisters!! We have your back #solidarity #usw #uswlocal1944
  • Jennifer Girard
    commented 2018-09-25 08:39:47 -0700
    Sending you support!
  • Carrie Chew
    commented 2018-09-25 08:32:34 -0700
    Respect at workplace is very important! Living wage is absolutely since everything is so expensive now. Fighting!
  • Kaayla Fitzgerald
    commented 2018-09-25 08:27:09 -0700
    Living expenses are high all over BC, not just the lower mainland. Wages are not keeping up with inflation and the general cost of living. I support you in totality and in solidarity! Be strong and fight for what’s fair and equitable!
  • Florentina Kelly
    commented 2018-09-25 07:58:24 -0700
    Thank you for fighting for our rights and for a fair living wage. I support you all. Solidarity my union brothers and sisters.
  • Stella Hicks
    commented 2018-09-25 07:26:27 -0700
    Be strong! You deserve a fair wage and respect from your employer.

    Yours in solidarity.
  • Janet Cruz
    commented 2018-09-25 06:59:53 -0700
    Never give up until you get what is rightfully yours