(Hard Rock Casino Vancouver/Instagram)

Hard Rock casino workers in Coquitlam set to walk out

Negotiate started in 2017 with between BCGEU and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

Workers at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam were set to walk off the job Friday morning, according to the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union.

Negotiations and mediation for a first contract in 2017 failed after union representatives and the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, which owns the casino, were too far apart on a number of issues, the union said.

“Many of the employees at Hard Rock haven’t had a wage increase in over 10 years,” said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.

“Wages have not kept up with the rising cost of living and now a large number of workers are working two or three jobs and still struggling to get by.”

Workers are also looking for improved health benefits, a more stable pension plan and fairness in scheduling and hours of work, Smith said.

Hundreds of workers and supporters are expected to rally in front of the casino Friday afternoon.

Jimmy Ho, general manager at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, said in an emailed statement to Black Press Media that despite labour disruption, the casino will remain open.

“After many months of negotiations, we are disappointed for our team members and our guests that we will be experiencing a labour disruption as of May 11 at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver,” he said.

“Unionized team members initiated a strike and walked out despite Hard Rock Casino Vancouver’s efforts which included offering a collective agreement that is at or above industry standards and that does not include rollbacks.”


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Aldergrove Mall site becomes election issue

Letter from developers supporting current Township council sparks flurry of responses

Glow festivities in Langley expand to include fall show

Langley nursery transforms greenhouses for a new fall festival of lights, pumpkins, and family fun.

Fort Langley to hold all-candidates meeting

A forum in the village includes Township of Langley school trustee, council, and mayoral candidates.

By-invitation meet-and-greet for Township council candidates draws flak

Organizer rejects complaint it amounted to a slate, calls suggestion a ‘conspiracy theory.’

UPDATED: Underground power fault blacks out part of downtown Langley

Electricity was out for a major commercial area.

VIDEO: More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

B.C. privacy watchdog worries that the cameras are a ‘slow creep’ to a surveillance state

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

Abbotsford raccoon dies from injuries suffered in a trap

Wildlife protection group offering $1,000 reward for information about incident

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Most Read