Gateway strike could finally be over

The ongoing feud between Gateway Casinos and its employees recently entered its fifth month. The ongoing strike hasn't been able to find a peaceful resolution, but there were rumors a few days ago that headway was being made. Those rumors have now been confirmed and the strike could finally be coming to a close.

According to a press release by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), one of two unions participating in the strike, the unions have reached a tentative agreement with Gateway.  The details of the agreement have yet to be released, but it could mean that the picket lines that have been maintained for the past 18 weeks could finally be dissolved. 

Before the strikers step away from the picket lines and return to their jobs, the agreement must be voted on by the employees.  According to BCGEU president Stephanie Smith, “Our focus now is the ratification process.  We need to make sure members understand the tentative deal and get a chance to vote before we release any details publicly.”

The director of Gateway Casinos, Tanya Gabara, remained silent.  She indicated that the casino operator won't release a statement until the employees vote on the agreement.  That vote has yet to be scheduled.

Smith added, "We are so proud of the commitment and solidarity our members have shown over these past months on the lines.  I also want to thank our friends in the labour movement for their solidarity over the past 18 weeks...I want to thank the bargaining committee for their extraordinary work, especially over the last 10 days of intensive sessions.”

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