A new four-year contract has been ratified by hourly employees at Caesars Windsor.

Unifor Local 444 members voted 73 per cent in favour of the deal.

In a memo to his members, Unifor Local 444 president Dino Chiodo called the latest round of bargaining "difficult, tiring and frustrating."

"We argued, we yelled, strategized and made demands on your behalf," Chiodo went on to say. "I will tell you, we didn't get everything we wanted."

'We argued, we yelled, strategized and made demands ...' - Dino Chiodo, Unifor Local 444 president

The new deal includes no wage increases in the first and third years, but workers will get signing and lump sum payments.

In the second year, there is a 25-cent hourly wage increase. In the final year, the raise is 35 cents an hour.

Health care benefits are improved, as is contracting out and layoff and recall language, Chiodo said.

Diego Mazzone is one of 2,300 casino workers represented by Unifor.

"The amount of stuff we got out of this contract, I knew that it was going to be tough, but everybody rallied behind us. We did everything we could, and everybody supported us," he said.

Full-time workers will get lump-sum signing bonuses of $1,500 in the first year, $250 in the second and $750 in the third. There is no bonus in the fourth year.

"We've got a very good deal, I think," said Jim Tone, who works in security. " We didn't lose a thing. We got a lot of gains. We gained a lot of benefits.

"I have a daughter with special needs, so we get increase doubled in speech therapy."

The casino has also agreed to canvas local gyms for discounted memberships for its employees. It's also giving several departments $50 shoe allowances each year and dealers will get a $100 pant allowance each year "due to excessive wear and tear from the tables," according to the union memo.

Caesars Windsor closed its hotel during the ratification votes. It will reopen its hotel at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

“We would like to thank both bargaining teams for their diligent work in creating an agreement that is mutually beneficial for all. We look forward to the future and working together to provide world-class entertainment and unparalleled service that our guests have come to expect at Caesars Windsor," said Caesars Windsor president and CEO Kevin Laforet.