Tentative deal reached between OLG and casino workers
Unionized workers in dispute with the Brantford Casino, Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack, and Sudbury Downs who have been locked out for three weeks now have finally reached a tentative agreement.
Neither the workers nor the three OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation)-run companies can reveal what the terms of the new contract are as of yet, but both are hopeful the end of the dispute will come to an end very soon.
The dispute started when Unifor, the name of the union of casino employees, said they will no longer be eligible for the pension plan they currently have once the modernization plan of OLG has been completed.
Bob Orr, spokesperson for the one thousand worker members in the union, said they are determined to protect their retirement security.
The companies and the workers began negotiating about the terms of the new pension plan but the talk between the two broke down and the lockout began last September 19.
Tony Bitonti, spokesperson for OLG, said despite the lockout, the three affected locations remained operational albeit with reduced services and business hours.
Bitonti admitted he is optimistic with the renewed talks about the agreement. If things go well between Unifor (Get to know the union more at: http://www.unifor.org/) and the companies, the workers could even be back on their jobs as early as Tuesday after they have voted to ratify the new agreement.