Dalton said the union was told that reopening the casinos would be part of the third phase of the province`s reopening plan. Premier Doug Ford has hinted that the province could enter the third phase as early as next week. “Over the past few weeks, we have had discussions with unions across the country about agreements that include the continuation of benefits,” he said in an email to OrilliaMatters. “All reasonable information at this stage suggests that the reopening of casinos could take place in the very near future – perhaps in a few weeks,” Dalton said. Dalton said the company was trying to “completely remove” the previously negotiated collective agreement. Last week, after the absence of a union and company agreement, employees learned that their benefits would be immediately reduced. They had been extended twice since the casino closed in March due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Mitchell said we don`t know when the casinos will reopen. Dalton said the union was “fully prepared and ready to discuss operational concerns that would allow for a smooth reopening of the casino.” The union and management have been at odds since Gateway began operating the casino. “However, we have not been able to reach an agreement with the union at Casino Rama, but we are open to continuing these discussions.” He said the union should suspend union fees and “suspend all points of the collective agreement” until it is determined what the reopening means. Last week, Gateway entered into agreements with all of its casino properties to extend benefits for unionized employees – with the exception of what it did at Casino Rama.
The chances seem to be improving that Ontario`s casinos may soon reopen. “Unfortunately, Gateway wanted to completely eliminate your tariffs and legal labour standards. Gateway had not requested the same list of concessions in its other properties – only Casino Rama. He frustrated some unionized employees. A longtime employee, who requested anonymity out of fear for his job, said he was “not a fan of the union.” “We look forward to a date when we can resume operations at all of our sites in Ontario,” said Mitchell.