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Shorelines Casino workers reach tentative agreement in Belleville, Ont.

More than 90 unionized casino workers walked-off the job last Friday, and have set up a picket line outside the casino in Belleville, Ont. CKWS TV

A tentative agreement has been reached at Shorelines Casino Belleville.

Unifor members working at Belleville’s casino will vote Wednesday on ratification of a new tentative agreement.

Contract talks had previously broken down to resolve a strike by workers.

More than 90 unionized casino workers had walked off the job last Friday and have set up a picket line outside the casino.

“I am very impressed with the solidarity and activism of the Shorelines group in Belleville,” said Jerry Dias, National President of Unifor. “The employer tried to test their determination, but our members stayed strong and succeeded in winning important gains.”

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“We want to get this resolved at the bargaining table,” says Unifor Local 1090 President Corey Dalton. “We’re here, our entire negotiation team is here and we’re ready to get back to trying to get a deal and get workers back to work.”

Unifor says it members, who work at table games, food and beverage as well as kitchen and guest services, went on strike for fair wages in a first contract.

A spokesperson for Great Canadian Gaming says the casino remains open, and they’re trying to recover from the pandemic shutdown.

Casino owners say they’re also seeking a court injunction to keep pickets from blocking the main entrance, calling it a public safety hazard.

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If ratified, the deal will end the strike action that began last Friday.

Details of the agreement will be release after ratification.

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