(DCL 533) Workers at OLG Slots at Woodbine Locked-out

** Lock-out Alert**

The OLG has now locked out their workers at the Slots at Woodbine as of 12:01 am on July 14. 

Last week, on July 5th, a new tentative agreement was reached. However, the workers rejected the offer in a vote conducted over the weekend (July 8 and 9).

On July 10th, the OLG sent a letter to their workers, stating that they will be locking them out by the deadline. On July 12th, PSAC’s bargaining team sent a revised offer to the employer in an attempt to avoid a labour disruption, which the employer rejected and stated workers would be locked out on July 14. 

 

Tentative Agreement Reached

The Bargaining Team has reached a tentative agreement during this round of negotiations. Your Bargaining Team comprised of Youden Dhenma, Theo Lagakos, Vikas Vaid, Jennifer Peters, Paul Silander and PSAC Negotiator Brenda Shillington unanimously recommend acceptance of this tentative agreement.  If ratified, the new Collective Agreement would expire on 31st March 2019.

Ratification Vote Flyer

Voting on the Tentative Agreement will take place on:

  • Where: Back of house, 4th Floor, Woodbine
  • When:  Saturday July 8, 2017, 1 pm - 10 pm and Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7 am - 2 pm

 

Over 400 workers employed at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) corporation are set to strike. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the union that represents these workers, requested a No Board Report from the Minister of Labour, who has set the legal strike/lock-out date of Friday, July 14, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. No meetings have been scheduled prior to this strike/lock-out deadline.

“We’ve seen the OLG lockout workers at Brantford, Sudbury, Rideau Carleton and at Woodbine,” states Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President. “This potential labour disruption is consistent with the pattern that has emerged with the OLG’s privatization scheme and puts into question their sincerity in negotiating a fair agreement with their workers.”

Much of the workforce is at, or close to, the Liberal government’s proposed minimum wage increase of $15. Approximately 60 per cent of the workforce is part-time, with precarious hours. Despite the Liberal government’s claim to address precarious work, the OLG, a crown corporation, is part of the problem. With over half a billion dollars in profit last year alone, the OLG’s Woodbine site is the most profitable facility in Ontario and yet its workers are struggling to make ends meet.

“We’re seeing the Liberal government selling off this valuable asset to a private operator with the bidding process open right now for a 20-year lease,” says Local President Theo Lagakos. “Meanwhile the workers are being kicked out of a good public pension and we are left wondering about our future.”

Bargaining Updates 

 

MEDIA 

Canadian Labour Reporter - Workers at OLG set to strike, says union

Horse Canada – OLG Labour Dispute Expected at Woodbing

Rabble.ca - UPDATED: Workers at Woodbine Racetrack reach tentative agreement with OLG

CP24 - Workers at OLG slot facility at Woodbine Racetrack could be locked out at midnight

Canadian Business - Lockout reduces service at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack

AM640 John Oakley Show - Workers at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack locked out

National Post - Lockout reduces service at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack

Toronto Star - OLG Slots workers at Woodbine Racetrack locked out

Radio Canada - Lock-out des employés de l’hippodrome Woodbine

CBC News Toronto - Workers at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack locked out

City News - Woodbine racetrack employees locked out

CTV News Toronto - Lockout results in reduced service at OLG's Woodbine Racetrack facility

City News, Breakfast Television - Woodbine racetrack employees on strike

Winnipeg Free Press - Lockout reduces service at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack

CP24 News - OLG locks out employees at Woodbine Racetrack facility

CBC News - Workers at OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack locked out

680 News - Woodbine racetrack employees locked out

Toronto Star - OLG Slots workers at Woodbine Racetrack locked out

Rabble.ca - Lockout begins at OLG Woodbine Racetrack