Thursday, July 31, 2008


CANADIAN LABOUR-BURNABY BC:
EXCUSED FROM THE LAW ?:
It was the writer Anatole France who once said, The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.". It seems, however, that many Canadian employers are not content with such "majestic equality". It takes a certain amount of unequalled gall to apply to the courts or the government for "exemptions to the law", especially as it is almost certain that such applicants are very much staunch supporters of "law and order" in other venues- as long as it doesn't apply to them of course.
Molly has already commented on the arrogance of Air Canada in its application to the federal government (happily refused) to be exempted from labour law in their handling of the closure of flight attendant bases in Halifax and Winnipeg. Out on the west coast, in Burnaby B.C. another such example has recently surfaced. Gateway Casino Inc. has applied to the B.C. Labour Board for a exemption to the constitutional right of some of their employees to join an union. Here's the story from the website of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU). Love that "law and order" crowd.
.............................
Burnaby casino wants to suspend workers' constitutional right to join a union:
A Burnaby casino owned by Australian interests wants to suspend its workers' rights to join a union until February of next year.

Gateway Casino Inc. has applied to the B.C. Labour Relations Board (LRB) to extinguish the constitutional right to unionize for about 200 of the casino's 500 employees who haven't already voted on joining the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union.

BCGEU president Darryl Walker says it's the latest move in an aggressive campaign launched by the casino-B.C.'s second largest with annual revenues of $177 million-to try and stop its employees from unionizing to improve pay and working conditions.

Earlier this month about 70 Gateway dealer and slot machine supervisors voted to join BCGEU. Originally, they cast their ballots in July 2007. But legal wrangling by the company delayed the count of their vote for a year.

Meanwhile, yesterday the LRB dismissed another legal challenge by Gateway which means that a similar vote of 225 dealers and slot machine attendants to join BCGEU can now finally be counted-nine months after their ballots were cast in October 2007.

"We're hoping that cooler heads will prevail within Gateway's management ranks," says Walker. "Instead of creating conflict and animosity, we're asking that the company sit down with us to talk about ways to improve wages and make the casino a better workplace for staff."

Walker says that in unique circumstances the LRB can impose a ban on union signups for a specified period. He's confident that the board will turn down Gateway's bid.

The company says the "strain" resulting from all the legal proceedings it's involved in against its employees' unionization effort plus the opening of a new casino complex in the fall "dictates [that the suspension of the right to join a union] would not be unreasonable." (cough, cough, cough-Molly)

B.C.'s casino industry generates $1.3 billion in annual revenue and produces huge profits that are carved up by casino owners and the provincial government. But Walker says casino workers are poorly paid and work long hours under stressful conditions. Gateway wages start at $8.75/hour and top out for the most experienced supervisor at just over $16/hour plus tips.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

supervisors don't get tips, any yahoo that works in a casino knows that!

mollymew said...

Nope...it's just like in a restaurant...they STEAL them.

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online xanax dosage rls - xanax xr 1mg

Anonymous said...

cheap generic ativan ativan withdrawal insomnia - ativan ingredients

Anonymous said...

diazepam overdose buy diazepam next day delivery - diazepam 5mg pain

Anonymous said...

buy valium order valium from india - blue generic valium

Anonymous said...

diazepam 10mg diazepam valium gaba - diazepam 10 mg xanax

Anonymous said...

buy xanax without prescriptions buy xanax bars bulk - usual dosage xanax

Anonymous said...

generic for zolpidem buy ambien 10mg online - zolpidem side effects anxiety

Anonymous said...

generic valium online buy valium online us pharmacy - cheap valium uk

Anonymous said...

valium diazepam buy diazepam in turkey - buy diazepam online+mastercard

Anonymous said...

zolpidem drug zolpidem tartrate blood pressure - zolpidem xr

Anonymous said...

order ativan ativan withdrawal with diazepam - buy ativan online uk

Anonymous said...

xanax price zoloft xanax withdrawal - how much xanax and alcohol does it take to overdose

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online xanax effects heart rate - xanax hangover cure

Anonymous said...

buy xanax xanax bars 15 - xanax bars prescribed

Anonymous said...

diazepam for dogs diazepam 2mg image - side effects of diazepam 10 mg

Anonymous said...

lorazepam no prescription ativan many get high - ativan withdrawal paranoia

Anonymous said...

generic ativan ativan withdrawal in elderly - buying lorazepam online in the uk

Anonymous said...

ativan medication ativan cost - ativan 0.25

Anonymous said...

diazepam for dogs diazepam side effects pregnancy - diazepam duration

Anonymous said...

buy soma order soma without script - where to buy soma cube

Anonymous said...

buy generic valium valium jokes - valium pills dose

Anonymous said...

cheap soma online soma drug wiki - medicine soma side effects

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online ambien side effects shaking - ambien prices walgreens

Anonymous said...

buy valium online buy roche valium pakistan - buy valium online europe

Anonymous said...

It's very easy to find out any matter on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this post at this web page.
Also visit my page ; the diet solution

Anonymous said...

Your lean entire body mass is usually a key factor in figuring out
your metabolic fee.
Also visit my web-site ; 15 pound dumbbell

Anonymous said...



Also visit my web site ... buy facebook likes cheapest

Anonymous said...

A further variety of flexible dumbbells would be the bow flex select tech dial up which enables you to select the weights you desire by working with the dial up system.


My blog post ... adjustable weights

Anonymous said...

The bulk of women from all over the entire world have
cellulite.

Look into my webpage: Personal Site

Anonymous said...

Nautilus' claim to fame has been the BowFlex Treadmill-it's brought the company
a massive customer base.

my webpage - http://www.getfitnstrong.com/bowflex-dumbbells/reviewing-bowflex-selecttech-552-adjustable-dumbbells-pair/