Cascades Casino Staff Celebrating Benefits

By Ben Hamill - March 02 2021

Cascades Casino Staff Celebrating Benefits

Staff employed by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment’s Cascades Casino Chatham are reportedly overjoyed after new and improved employment contracts were negotiated between the operator and the union representing them. The new, more beneficial working agreement will reportedly remain in force until November 2023 and will include a CA$0.20 rise in wages in the second year of the newly negotiated contract, and a CA$0.30 rise in wages in its third and final year.

The new wage agreement, which applies to all union-represented members of staff, will according to Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy, ensure that workers are not only able to maintain their current quality of life, but even improve on it going forward. Unifor Local 444 currently represents 150 staff members employed by Gateway at its Cascades Casino Chatham.

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New Contract An Important Step

Also included in the re-negotiated contract will be an additional bonus of CA$20 per visit for certain paramedical services – including massage therapy and chiropractic services. What’s more, part-time members of staff will be at liberty to accumulate up to three days leave. Other changes include amendments to the conditions of the balancing of overtime shifts and breaks, changes to working hours, and also amendments to the type of pick shifts staff will be required to work.

The newly negotiated agreement marks an important step for the future of labour relations at the establishment, said Gateway spokesperson Rob Mitchell. According to Mitchell, the negotiations were regarded as especially significant especially given the timing, being at the start of an uncertain future due to a global and ongoing crisis.

Mitchell said Gateway intended to continue to work hard at providing the best possible service to its customers – even in the midst of strict health and safety protocols and restrictions. The popular Ontario venue is once again back to a situation of allowing only specially invited guests through its doors due to the 10-person capacity recently re-instated by local government.

The restrictions currently in place were first rolled out in October last year – this after nation-wide closures since March 2020.

Retirement Benefits

The union also negotiated improved retirement benefits during the latest session of re-negotiations with the operator – and in particular for those employed by Gateway at its Caesars Windsor Casino.

Going forward, employees at Caesars Windsor will get to benefit from bigger bonus incentives when deciding to retire early. Retirement initiatives – especially early retirement initiatives – are regarded an important part of keeping the wheels of a working economy steadily turning.

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