A strike in Canada has brought the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino to a halt after 59% of Ontario resort staff rejected a new contract agreement last month that expected their hourly wages to rise by an average of only C $ 1.75. (1 , $ 37) over the next three years.
According to the Detroit Free Press Monday, negotiations between the casino owned by the Ontario state lottery and the gaming corporation and the local union Unifor resumed yesterday, although the Essex County establishment had already canceled all hotel and concert reservations by the end of the month.
Dave Cassidy, president of Unifor at local 444, told the newspaper that contract negotiations had stalled since April 18, when negotiators also disagreed with the payment system and policies to replace restaurants with nonprofits.
Cassidy told the Detroit Free Press:
Hopefully we leave with a fair deal.
The Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino, with a 100,000-square-foot gaming hall, opened in 1998, but a similar dispute with more than 2,000 employees reportedly led to a 42-day strike in 2004. The majority of the staff at the complex, which is operated by Las Vegas casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation, currently make around $ 13.40 an hour, while the most recent offer, with a 9.4% increase, would mean that by the end of 2021 this growth will amount to approximately US $ 15.93 per year.
Cassidy told the newspaper that Ontario’s minimum hourly wage has increased 20% to CAD 14 ($ 10.92) from January, up from CAD 15 early next year (11, $ 70).
The Detroit Free Press reported that Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino employees also turned down offers in a renewed contract that would give full-time workers a $ 906 bonus along with similar incentives for part-time and casual workers costing 709 US dollars and 394 US dollars, respectively.
Dave Cassidy points out that Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino regularly generates $ 212 million in annual revenues and paid the city a record hosting fee of over $ 7.88 million last year.
We hear that “we don’t make money,” but I can tell you that you don’t give out multimillion-dollar checks if you don’t earn anything.
The Detroit Free Press said the temporary closure of the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino could be a boon to some of its competitors across the river in Detroit. Citing official figures from the Michigan Gaming Supervisory Board, the newspaper explained that MGM Grand Detroit saw a 3 percent increase in revenue in April, while the nearby MotorCity Casino rose another 4 percent.
Alex Calderone, Managing Director of a financial consulting firm, said:
We will never know for sure, but I have a strong suspicion that the Windsor closure caused an increase in the amount of dollars crossing the border. The longer the casino is closed, the better for Detroit.