Caesars Windsor workers to vote on tentative agreement Friday

The strike at Caesars Windsor could be over soon.

An agreement between the casino and the union was reached early Thursday morning

Caesars Windsor employees woke up Thursday to find out the union representing them and casino management reached a tentative deal. (Kaitie Fraser/CBC)

The six-week long strike at Caesars Windsor could be over soon.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Caesars Windsor management reached a tentative deal with the union representing 2,300 casino employees.

President of Unifor Local 444, Dave Cassidy, said he's "very confident" the deal will go through.

Cassidy was not willing to share any details of the proposed contract with CBC News, or what makes it different from the one members rejected at the start of the strike.

"I'm just going to hold off on that," he said. "I mean it's an agreement that I know that our membership is going to like. We're just excited after today, 42 days, to get them back to work, and what that looks like I'm not sure at this point."

Cassidy is meeting with casino management on Thursday to discuss how re-opening would work if the workers vote in favour of the agreement.

"It's not like a small manufacturing facility, you know what I mean? There's the money, there's the food, there's so many variables to open the facility back up, and we're going to look at what the logistics are on that," he said.

"We're not putting the cart before the horse, but we need to make sure that we're prepared."​

Caesars Windsor said a ratification vote will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. at the WFCU Centre. 

Unifor Local 444's bargaining team and casino management started this latest round of talks on Tuesday at a Windsor hotel.

Dealers, cooks, housekeepers and other staff walked off the job on April 6th. Wage increase and job security were two of the major issues between the union and management.

Many workers were still out picketing when they learned about the tentative agreement. (Kaitie Fraser/CBC)

Unifor Local 444 is asking members to stay on the picket lines for now. 

Caesars had cancelled major concerts and all hotel bookings through the end of the May. 

The last time casino employees went on strike was in 2004, lasting for 43 days before both sides reached a deal. 

Some employees were singing and cheering on the picket lines Thursday morning. (Kaitie Fraser/CBC)


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