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SEIU Local 2.on

March 05, 2009 12:06 ET

SEIU Local 2: "Stop Gambling With Our Lives", Say Windsor Raceway Security Guards

Workers walk out on strike after management threatens to eliminate their full-time jobs

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - Security Guards at Windsor Raceway have walked out on strike after their employer demanded additional extreme concessions. Employees at the Raceway have already agreed to reductions in pay, benefits and pensions. Now management would like to eliminate benefits and is requiring workers to give up full-time work to become part-time employees despite the fact that Windsor Raceway continues to be profitable (over $51 million in the last ten years).

"Our community cannot continue to bleed good jobs. At a time when so many are losing their livelihoods in our city, how can the Raceway do this when so much money is still coming in through the slots?", said Rick Berthiaume, a 38-year employee.

A majority of the 18 employees have spent close to twenty or more years at the track. "We take pride in having made this a safe and secure environment for patrons for years. Today we are asking those patrons for help," said Ron Dube, a 15-year employee. "Ask management to treat us fairly, and please go to the downtown casino until this has been resolved."

Windsor Raceway Incorporated has already settled with other workers at the track but has refused to move forward with the security guards. The $51 million in profits have come from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) slots.

The Service Employees International Union is the largest and fastest growing union in North America, with 100,000 workers in Canada and 2 million workers across Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico.

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