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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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  • Carolyn S
    commented 2018-09-24 11:56:56 -0700
    Everyone deserves a fair living wage. Good luck!
  • Nicole Linnell
    commented 2018-09-24 11:55:39 -0700
    I worked in the Kamloops casino when the union was first being brought in. I was part of the very first strike. It was brutal to be on the picket lines. We were abused by both management and patrons while we walked the picket lines. They had an investigator sit across the street from us and take pictures and video. We had staff cross the picket line, which was so disappointing. Then after all of it we had to go back to work and be friendly with the people who had been abusive and cruel. However, all that being said, it was worth it and in the end most relationships were mended and we moved forward. I no longer work there. Stay strong and remember that in the long run this too shall pass.
  • Gerry Born
    commented 2018-09-24 11:55:28 -0700
    There is likely feelings of angst and frustration about the dispute and how it’s affecting your circumstances. It is easy for me to say and encourage you to hold out for better living wages and working conditions but I am not in your shoes. You have my support!
  • Cindy
    commented 2018-09-24 11:55:19 -0700
    Stay with it! This a tough battle but worth it…you are all worth it. If I lived close by I would be on the lines, walking along side.
  • david boyd
    commented 2018-09-24 11:54:56 -0700
    Stay strong……you know your cause is just and that the employers are just looking to continue exploiting you, even though millions of dollars are generated monthly through gaming operations!
  • Annette Welz
    commented 2018-09-24 11:53:33 -0700
    Stay strong. You deserve FAIR wages!
  • Shawn Tozer
    commented 2018-09-24 11:52:17 -0700
    Stay strong, Very inspired by you actions
  • Rob Woytuck
    commented 2018-09-24 11:50:54 -0700
    You deserve a fair wage and good working conditions. I am all for your actions and its time for the employer to step up.
  • May Darling
    commented 2018-09-24 11:50:25 -0700
    Hang in there! Victoria colleagues are cheering for fair treatment for you. We all deserve a wage that reflects acknowledgement of how expensive it is to provide for our families these days. You have my support.
  • Jody Furneaux
    commented 2018-09-24 11:49:49 -0700
    Good for all of you for standing up for your rights! We all deserve a living wage!
  • Daniel Slots
    commented 2018-09-24 11:47:56 -0700
    Keep the faith, stay strong, never give in.
  • Am Kaur
    commented 2018-09-24 11:46:52 -0700
    Keep it up! You are all fighting for something that is real and valid!! If you find yourself having a moment of resistance please push through, remember these messages and keep going.
  • Robbin Smith
    commented 2018-09-24 11:46:43 -0700
    We have fought and we have died to get the rights we have. We believe in ourselves, and in our unions across this country. Stand strong, stand together and you can make anything happen.

    In solidarity.
  • Kristy LaChance
    commented 2018-09-24 11:45:51 -0700
    From Vancouver Island.. thinking of you ❤️ Hang in there you deserve to have quality of life and a healthy work place!!
  • Cherie Delainey
    commented 2018-09-24 11:45:19 -0700
    Keep fighting for fairness! We’re with you here in Maple Ridge. Solidarity works!
  • Amber Muir
    commented 2018-09-24 11:25:46 -0700
    Stay strong! Solidarity!
  • Lisa Peterson
    commented 2018-09-24 10:33:30 -0700
    To all affected Members of BCGEU


    On behalf of Local 856 CUPW – Winnipeg Manitoba, I would like to offer a message of Support and Solidarity.


    " Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has"

    Margaret Mead


    CUPW Supports This Struggle
  • Taralyn Palumbo
    commented 2018-09-24 10:21:26 -0700
    Stand your ground. I’m proud to support and stand in solidarity with all of you! And it’s an honor to have walked the line with you!
  • sonya bekker
    followed this page 2018-09-24 10:00:41 -0700
  • Bob Barten
    commented 2018-09-24 09:54:04 -0700
    Never falter in your fight. You deserve a living wage. The union will be there for you as it has been for so many. You will win this one
  • Stefan Avlijas
    commented 2018-09-24 09:48:20 -0700
    Thank you for holding the line. Each day longer you hold the line sends a message across the province to all employers: workers in BC have solidarity and you can’t push us around!
  • Michael Hurley
    commented 2018-09-24 08:53:00 -0700
    I am with you guys every step of the way. Stick together and get a fair settlement. “Solidarity “
  • Dale Jaecques
    commented 2018-09-24 08:38:32 -0700
    It was a privilege and an honour to walk with you during our Can-Am convention. Stay strong brothers and sisters.