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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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  • Kim Savage
    commented 2018-09-24 13:47:40 -0700
    Stay strong I as a fellow member of the bcgeu am routing for your employer’s to come to there senses. Where would they be without the front line workers. Loc 402

    In solidarity.

    Kim Savage
  • Kim Savage
    commented 2018-09-24 13:47:21 -0700
    Stay strong I as a fellow member of the bcgeu am routing for your employer’s to come to there senses. Where would they be without the front line workers. Loc 402

    In solidarity.

    Kim Savage
  • Kim Savage
    commented 2018-09-24 13:47:18 -0700
    Stay strong I as a fellow member of the bcgeu am routing for your employer’s to come to there senses. Where would they be without the front line workers. Loc 402

    In solidarity.

    Kim Savage
  • Valda Kargbo
    commented 2018-09-24 13:45:12 -0700
    We’re standing with you. Your bravery helps everyone who does not have a voice. Thank you for advocating for yourselves and on turn us all. In SOL
  • Leigha Bonthoux
    commented 2018-09-24 13:45:07 -0700
    Stay strong! You have more people supporting you and your fight than you know! You deserve every penny you’re asking for and then some! In solidarity! Best of luck.
  • Deborah Postmus
    commented 2018-09-24 13:37:47 -0700
    Your position is admirable and worth the effort and time as it will benefit all working British Columbians. Thank you and 100% behind you!!
  • Mahen Ramdharry
    commented 2018-09-24 13:32:13 -0700
    We support you, in your fight for a fair contract

    Members from Local 403
  • Lynne Wheeler
    commented 2018-09-24 13:25:34 -0700
    Many people do not realize that the sacrifices made by union members benefit everyone. I hope you get a fair and decent settlement soon. Stand strong in solidarity.
  • Pearl Judge
    commented 2018-09-24 13:23:43 -0700
    Stay strong and positive. You have my full support. Gateway needs to treat everyone fairly, cost of living is an absolute must.
  • Lloyd Weir
    commented 2018-09-24 13:22:25 -0700
    Keep fighting for your right to earn a decent wage
  • Ping Qiu
    commented 2018-09-24 13:16:55 -0700
    You have my full support. Everyone deserves living wages, equal pay for equal work and respectful workplace.
  • Gary Cooper
    commented 2018-09-24 13:16:47 -0700
    The Gateway Casino’s position is disgraceful in this dispute and the government’s silence is shameful, especially since our Environment Minister is a past Pres. of the BCGEU. The amount of money made by both casino and gov’t. makes me wonder how they sleep at night. Stay strong. You’re also fighting for the many coming after you.
  • Kelly Nystoruk
    commented 2018-09-24 13:15:21 -0700
    Way to go workers! Your selfless act and courage doesn’t go unnoticed by the people of BC.
  • J Richardson
    commented 2018-09-24 13:14:25 -0700
    Stay strong! You deserve fair wages and have my support.
  • Shara Orr
    commented 2018-09-24 13:13:58 -0700
    Stay united & strong! Sending support from Victoria :-)
  • Volodymyr Ruban
    commented 2018-09-24 13:13:08 -0700
    God, I moved to Canada to see and live in a fair and equal society! People for people not people for profits! I’m not going to the casino anymore!
  • Liz Mark
    commented 2018-09-24 13:11:18 -0700
    Stay strong. You deserve a fair settlement.
  • Virgilio Sintos
    commented 2018-09-24 13:10:48 -0700
    Stay strong and united. Management will give in to your demand down the road. They cannot afford to loss a thousand dollars a day.
  • Freya Scheel
    followed this page 2018-09-24 13:09:45 -0700
  • Carrie M
    commented 2018-09-24 13:04:06 -0700
    Stay strong. When you get a fair deal, it will be worth it. Your fellow BCGEU members support you!
  • Carrie Lessing
    commented 2018-09-24 13:03:34 -0700
    Keep up the good work sisters and brothers
  • Wendy Nixon
    commented 2018-09-24 13:00:27 -0700
    Stay strong fellow members!! We are with you in spirit and solidarity. It is wrong that such a reasonable request becomes such a hardship. And I love that you have included respect as one of your demands!!

    Keep the vibe positive and believe in the outcome!! Bravo
  • Niki Drodge
    commented 2018-09-24 13:00:25 -0700
    Stay united brothers and sisters ! We can win this , not just for current employees but future ones
  • Denise Cookson
    commented 2018-09-24 12:59:04 -0700
    Hang in there! 70,000 members in solidarity!
  • Mike W
    commented 2018-09-24 12:58:24 -0700
    Keep on with it! YOu deserve better than what your employer is offering!
  • Freya Scheel
    commented 2018-09-24 12:58:06 -0700
    Hang in there everyone, you deserve a fair wage. It will be worth it in the end, not just for you but for others who will follow in your footsteps. Stay strong and in solidarity with your co-workers. It makes me proud to have all of you as my union sisters and brothers!
  • Zackal Yip
    commented 2018-09-24 12:56:56 -0700
    Don’t give up.
  • Adrian Belle
    commented 2018-09-24 12:56:22 -0700
    Keep your spirits up we’re all with you I will not support any gateway casinos until you reach an agreement.
  • Adrian Belle
    commented 2018-09-24 12:56:18 -0700
    Keep your spirits up we’re all with you I will not support any gateway casinos until you reach an agreement.
  • Michelle Davis
    commented 2018-09-24 12:48:52 -0700
    Your tenacity is impressive. Keep fighting the good fight.