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Resort staff vote to join BCGEU
The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) has proven yet again to be the union of choice for casino and hospitality workers as 84 employees of St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino in Cranbrook, B.C. voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining the union last week.
BCGEU President Darryl Walker says that the St. Eugene cashiers, guest service representatives, front desk representatives, slot attendants, dealers and housekeepers chose to have the BCGEU/NUPGE represent them to ensure that they have a strong voice to address key issues at their workplace.
“We’re thrilled to welcome these new members from St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino into the BCGEU. With a union on their side, these members know they will have the support they need to get the wages, job security and respect that they deserve,” says Walker.
Workers to elect negotiating committee to bargain first collective agreement
The vote, held in Cranbrook on August 7, was 41 – 22 in favour of joining the union. The next step for these St. Eugene staff, says Walker, is to elect a negotiating committee, develop bargaining priorities and sit down for contract talks with their employer.
New members at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino join the over 1200 casino workers who have chosen the BCGEU/NUPGE over the last decade. Other casinos with BCGEU/NUPGE members include Gateway casinos in Burnaby, New Westminster and the Okanagan.