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"Membership has its advantages"
November 5, 2008 - 04:00pm EST
CAW National President Ken Lewenza held a media conference to announce that CAW is gearing up now for another bid to organize about 3,000 workers at Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort.

Forming a union will lead to higher wages that, in turn, benefit the community because casino workers would have more spending power, Lewenza said.

“If they sign a union card, it will enhance their standard of living, but it automatically enhances the stability of economic conditions in our community,” Lewenza said.

In Windsor, the CAW negotiated a contract that ensured two-thirds of workers must be full-time and that limits the use of contract workers. The use of contract workers has been a controversial issue in Niagara Falls, though the company that runs the casinos says contract employees make up eight per cent of its workforce.

“Obviously as a union, we recognize the value of full-time workers with good benefits and good conditions,” Lewenza said.

This time, about 1,135 of Niagara’s casino workers have signed union cards. The CAW is trying to create a bargaining unit that would include 3,000 of the casinos’ workers 4,500 employees. The union wants about 1,500 members before applying to be represent workers.

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Last Updated: November 6, 2008 4:01:54 PM