Our first news item related to the world of casino and Canada this week tells you the little story of the police in the Leeds, Ontario area, who claim to have received a strange call this week. A woman indeed called 911, no less than twice, because she had simply lost all her precious money… at the casino.
It is then Saturday, April 14, 2018 and it is around 5 a.m., when the police claim to have received a strange call from a 21-year-old woman. Present at the Shorelines Thousand Islands casino, near Kingston, Ontario, the latter claimed to have lost all her money. She will add that she also needed help to get home.
The police said in a statement, published Monday April 16: “In order to make sure that she was well, the agents asked her to stay put and wait.”
According to the same police and while the agents were on their way, the young woman would have called the police switchboard to tell them that someone had given her 20 dollars and that she no longer needed the police and worse … that she was going to go back to the casino!
Following this rather unusual and disturbing event, the police officers wished to recall that 911 was a number exclusively reserved for emergencies: “An urgent situation is a situation where the safety of people or property is in danger and requires immediate help. Here are a few examples: an ongoing crime, a fire, or a medical emergency. “.
Windsor Caesars Casino workers are on strike
For our second unusual news item related to the world of gaming establishments, we find it interesting to tell you this story of people holding strike signs in front of a casino entrance. But this is not just any casino and these people are not anonymous. In fact, we are talking about the employees of the Caesars casino in Windsor who simply rejected the agreement in principle reached between the Unifor union and the management of the establishment.
We know that the employees have already started their demands since April 6, 2018, and that they intend to continue until management gives in. To this end, members of Local 444 of the Unifor union voted 59% last Thursday against the tentative agreement reached earlier this week by their union and casino management.
This union of strikers is made up mainly of employees. There are chambermaids as well as cooks and janitors. At least 2,300 people have decided to go on strike indefinitely, with the aim of demanding better working conditions; but also in order to obtain a salary increase.
If previously the negotiations were going well, with points of dispute concerning wages and job security, it now appears that the dialogue is no longer really happening between unions and management. Hence the vote mentioned above, which was carried out quickly and hence the decision to protest for an indefinite period.
The staff have asked all customers to leave the hotel and are announcing the closure of the establishment. Pressure is mounting between the two parties concerned, causing repercussions on the attendance rate of the places. Those in charge will have to make a decision quickly in order to find common ground and continue the activities. For the president of Local 444, James Stewart, this rejection shows the frustration of the employees towards the casino and he explains then: “A lot of complaints that we heard concerned problems of respect, but also a real need for it. ” have higher salaries. “.
As a result of this situation, the casino is forced to cancel all reservations until April 30, because it is temporarily closed. We are witnessing here a war that will necessarily lead to negative impacts on the financial and advertising plan, while fully benefiting the other operators of gaming establishments in the region who are not lacking and who are doing everything to attract visitors and players injured by the closure of their competitor.