OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack Locks Out 400 Employees

OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack Locks Out 400 Employees

A third attempt at settling a labour dispute at Woodbine Slots and Racing has ended with management locking out 400 employees.

The lockout began at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

It will be mostly business as usual, but there will be no access to electronic poker machines or the courtesy shuttle. There will also be limited hours for coat check.

Negotiations between more than 400 union members represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming corporation (OLG) began in October. Union members rejected two offers, one in February and one earlier this week.

This third offer, a proposal from the union to management, was rejected by management on Wednesday. That prompted the lockout.

In a statement earlier this year, the union said the “precarious” employment of part-time workers was a sticking point. Even though many part-time workers work full-time hours, they are refused full-time employment.

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