New Agreement Overwhelmingly Approved at Great Blue Heron Casino

September 7, 2011, 1:12 PM EST

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CAW Local 1090 members who work at the Great Blue Heron Casino have voted 75 per cent in favour of a new three-year collective agreement that resists company demands for concessions and makes gain for workers.

The new agreement provides monetary increases in each year, some benefit and language improvements especially regarding seniority rights.

CAW National Representative Kim Power said it was a difficult round of bargaining with an employer demanding rollbacks during tough economic times.

"I'm extremely proud of our bargaining committee and the membership who supported them as together we fought off demands for concessions and instead brought back an agreement that we can build on," Power said.

CAW Local 1090 President Steve Batchelor complimented the membership and bargaining committee for their hard work.

"I truly believe this round of bargaining built incredible solidarity among the membership," said Batchelor. "Over and above the monetary improvements, this agreement provides a commitment from the employer to initially increase full time jobs as well as reviewing the full-time/part-time compliment of workers on an ongoing basis," he said.

Local 1090 represents more than 790 full-time and part-time workers at the casino, located in Port Perry, Ontario. Workers voted on the tentative agreement at a series of ratification meetings on September 2.

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