Winnipeg Casino Workers Voting on New Union Representation

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Workers at the Club Regent and McPhillips Station casinos will vote today on whether they should be represented by the CAW.

Some workers at the two casinos have expressed frustration with their current union over inadequate representation and perceived lack of transparency in decision-making, which sparked their campaign to be represented by the CAW — Canada’s largest gaming workers union.

The vote will take place over the next three days, despite attempts by the incumbent union to prevent the vote from taking place.

At the vote, workers will be asked to decide whether to be represented by the CAW, or by their current union.

Voting will be overseen by the Manitoba Labour Board.

“Many of the workers we have spoken to fully understand the benefits of being a union member, they just want the type of open, democratic and progressive representation that other workers enjoy with the CAW,” said John Aman, the union’s national organizing director.

CAW represents over 7,000 workers in the gaming sector across Canada.