(WINDSOR, ON) – After Unifor members at Caesars Windsor rejected a second negotiated offer from management, there are now calls for the provincial government to intercede in the collective bargaining process.
NDP MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh, Percy Hatfield, wants the Ministry of Labour to force the sides back together. Hatfield’s pro-hands-on insertion of the government into the labour dispute is an about turn from typical NDP policy. Involving the government as an additional body in the strike is a direct challenge to the right to strike.
Hatfield expressed his disappointment that the casino workers voted down last week’s tentative offer from Caesars Windsor and now wants the Minister of Labour to force the sides back together. He went so far as to suggest that the facilitators assisting the process have been less than adequate.
Twice the Unifor local 444 bargaining unit brought a negotiated offer to workers for ratification and twice the offers were voted down by the membership. Workers have indicated that issues such as respect in the workplace and the 4-year contract timeframe haven’t been addressed by negotiators. None of the employees The Square has spoken to have said the process has been inadequate.
The strike is into day 47 after the 2,300 workers failed to ratify the first offer on April 6. The two sides met for just a couple of hours before Caesars Windsor halted discussions. They returned to the table for two days last week which resulted in much of the original agreement being brought back to the membership.