Unifor, a union that represents workers at three Ontario casinos recently concluded a round of collective agreements that offer improved pensions and health benefits for workers.
Unifor Local 444 members at Caesars Windsor approved a three-year collective agreement that comprises that includes an increased contribution towards the pension plan, alongside numerous benefits upgrades such as massage therapy, physiotherapy, eye care, life insurance and two paid emergency leave days for part-time employees.
Chris Macdonald, the assistant to Unifor’s national president commented in an official press release, saying,
“The gaming industry is constantly changing and we have to ensure our contracts continue to lead the way for workers and their families.”
Unifor’s Local 103 with members at Cascades Casino North Bay negotiated a set of amendments to pensions, wages and changes to job security language to bring it in line with the mature collective agreements at the other properties operated by the casino’s parent company.
Unifor Local 1090 ratified a three-year collective agreement for its workers at Casino Rama. This included a 3% wage increase in years one and two, followed by a 3.5% per cent increase in year three. Employees working in skilled trades, however, will gain a 5% annual increase.
Unifor is the country’s largest private-sector union, boasting an impressive member count of over 315,000 members across Canada with representation in all major sectors.
Founded in 2013 from the merging of two of the country’s largest unions at the time, Unifor’s stated mission is to safeguard the economic rights of its members and all other members of the Canadian workforce.