On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, workers at Casino Windsor voted to ratify a labor agreement with the casino after a brief closure occurred on April 3, 2014 due to ongoing negotiations. 73% of union workers approved the deal.

According to union summaries of the agreement, the contract provides several worker benefits over the course of the four-year term. Lump sum “signing bonuses” will be provided annually for the first three years of the agreement, with a $0.25 (CAN) and $0.35 (CAN) wage increase in the second and fourth years, respectively. The agreement also provides various health care benefits, life insurance policy increases, and worker safety provisions.

“I will tell you that we did not get everything we wanted, nor did we achieve every victory we set out to; however, we were able to bring back a deal that addresses many of the important gains identified by our membership,” stated Unifor Local 444 President Dino Chiodo in a statement to union workers.

On April 3, 2014, Caesars Windsor exercised a “planned shutdown” at 6:00pm according to a press release issued by the casino. The shutdown came after negotiations between the casino and Unifor Local 444 did not produce a labor agreement under expected timeframes. A tentative agreement, however, was reached overnight on Thursday allowing the casino to reopen at 9:00am on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Unifor Local 444 represents over 2,300 workers at Casino Windsor. Unifor is a Canadian-based labor organization representing approximately 300,000 private sector workers in various industries, including automotive, hospitality, fishing, energy, and other fields.     


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