Gateway’s Casino Rama Gets A Revamp
While there remains no new word regarding a possible reopening date for Gateway’s Casino Rama, the operator has clearly decided to bide the time, and has embarked on a complete revamp of the popular Ontario venue. The Casino Rama, which has been closed for nearly a year now, is more than ready for a brand-new face.
Operator Gateway Casinos & Entertainment recently informed employees of the make-over, which will include the removal of 400 slot machines and 20 table games, as well as the addition of several new gaming products.
No Effect On Staff
Unifor Local 1090 President Corey Dalton has in the meantime reassured staff that the removal of the slot machines and table games will not lead to any staff cuts or lay-offs. Dalton said all 1050 union members employed by the casino will retain their current positions of employment.
According to Gateway Director of Communications and Public Affairs Rob Mitchell, the operator has approached the changes to the venue in consultation with the workers’ union, and that Unifor has been closely involved in the entire process. Mitchell said he believes that the changes will enable the venue to enhance the entire player experience in the midst of what has now become a more competitive gaming industry than ever before. What with all casinos across the country shuttered since mid-March last year, the competition for customers and support is bound to be rife once all gaming establishments have received the reopening thumbs-up from provincial governments.
Union representative Tshweu Moleme has confirmed that Unifor is working hard at negotiating a possible reopening date for the Casino Rama. This will ensure that staff retain their jobs and are able to return to earning an income despite precariously difficult times. Unifor is furthermore negotiating in the hopes of securing benefits coverage for staff until the end of March 2021, confirmed Moleme.
Some Gateway venues have managed to receive the reopening green light in Northern Ontario, including Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie, Gateway Casinos Sudbury, and Gateway Casinos Thunder Bay. Gateway Casinos Sudbury has in fact already reopened its doors to the public, and did so on Feb. 16.
Another venue to have reopened its doors is Gateway’s Casinos New Brunswick. The venue resumed operations on Feb. 12, but under strict health and safety protocols. These include the wearing of a mask, the keeping of a safe and sufficient physical distance, and a 50-person occupancy limit.