CAW Members Ratify New Windsor Casino Contract

April 7, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

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After months of bargaining, a new-three-year contract has been reached at Windsor Casino Ltd. CAW Local 444 members at Caesars Windsor voted in favour of the tentative agreement at meetings April 6.

Signing bonuses for both full and part-time workers and modest wage increases in the second and third years form part of the package. The contract also includes revised vacation and sick days rules, Green Shield benefit coverage, and rules that discourage contracting out among other changes.

After years of a very difficult relationship with the employer, a new respectful understanding has finally begun, said CAW Local 444 President Rick Laporte.

"Changes in work place practices will give our members a better work life balance, access to a greatly improved job posting and bumping procedures, and the creation of new utility positions to maximize full time jobs," said Laporte.

Members voted 57.4 per cent in favour of the agreement. Laporte said that several rounds of lay-offs and years of bad relations have contributed to the hard feelings that many workers may still harbour about the Casino. Add to that that tough economic times created a very difficult environment for bargaining big increases, he said.

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