CAW Calls for Casino Expansion to Move Forward

October 15, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

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The Canadian Auto Workers union is calling for a meeting of all concerned parties regarding the planned expansion of the Edgewater Casino. CAW Local 3000 represents 600 workers at the casino.

"Local charities are feeling stung by the broken promises of Gordon Campbell's Liberal government and action must be taken to remedy this situation as soon as possible," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. 

"This does not mean though that the Edgewater expansion should be blocked or put on hold. This expansion is important for the local economy and will help create good jobs in Vancouver, both in the casino complex and in the construction industry as its being built."

"The new complex is expected to be a world class facility and local charities will only stand to gain from a surge in gaming revenue," said Lewenza, adding that the members are also looking forward to greater job security with the expansion.

Lewenza said that the union looks forward to convening a meeting of various levels of government and the BC Association for Charitable Gaming so that ongoing problems around funding to member charities can be solved.

The CAW represents more than 7,000 gaming workers across the country.

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