SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

April 01, 2007 07:00 ET

SEIU Canada: Casino Workers in Halifax Working Together to Form Union

Casino Employees Hold Press Conference Today

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - April 1, 2007) - At a press conference today at 5:00pm at the Citadel Halifax Hotel (Terrace Room), employees of Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax will speak about their efforts and reasons for wanting to form a union.

Workers employed by Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax launched a union organizing drive just over a month ago in order to win increased wages, benefits, job security and overall fair treatment. Casino workers, who are employed by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC), have chosen unite together and form a union with the help of organizers and members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 902.

"Although Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Casino Nova Scotia see massive revenues from the Halifax Casino, gaming sector workers in Nova Scotia are the lowest paid and have the lowest level of benefits and job security of any casino or racetrack across Canada," said SEIU Canada National Organizer Tony Tracy. "Many of these workers wages are at or very near the provincial minimum wage, in an industry which is very profitable and which has far higher wage standards in the remainder of the country."

"Workers in Halifax and throughout Nova Scotia deserve the same level of respect and job security that have been won by workers in other provinces," said Tracy. "With the cost of living in Halifax at some of the highest levels of cities across the country, and with an employer that is extremely profitable, it is unacceptable that these workers are not treated with dignity and fairness."

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the largest and fastest growing union in North America, with 98,000 workers in Canada and 1.8 million workers worldwide.

What: Press Conference featuring Casino workers who are forming union

When: TODAY: Sunday April 1st 2007 at 5:00pm

Where: Terrace Room, first floor of the Citadel Hotel
1960 Brunswick Street, Halifax NS

Contact Information

  • SEIU Canada National Organizer
    Tony Tracy
    Cell: (902) 233-1713