Striking casino workers accept new deal
Workers at the West Edmonton Mall's Palace Casino gambled and won.
After walking a picket line for more than10 months, about 100 striking workers voted 86 per cent in favour of anewcontract Tuesday night.
Under the terms of the contract, dealers will get up to $1.50 an hour more than the $8.80 they were making on average. Servers will get another $3 to $4 an hour, compared to the $7 they made before they hit the picket line.
Full and part-time employees will also get signing bonuses. The new contract will expire in 2009.
"It's been a long 10 months, so there's a lot to celebrate.We got ourselves a very good deal and we're quite pleased with many of the changes we were able to achieve," said Christine McMeckan, a spokeswoman for Local 401 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
The workers were expected to be back on the job Wednesday.
Negotiations for a new contract between staff and the company had been ongoing for a year before the strike.
Three hundred employeeswalked outin September, mostly over wages, while negotiating their first contract with Gateway Casinos Income Fund.
The casinowas operating on a reduced basisduring the strike.