Ratification vote set for Caesars Windsor workers on Friday
Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:05AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:03PM EDT
After more than 40 days, a tentative contract agreement has been reached between Caesar's Windsor and the union representing workers.
Unifor Local 444 announced the agreement on Twitter after it was signed around 1:30 a.m. Thursday after two long days of negotiations, but did not reveal any details.
“I didn't want the conciliator and or the company to walk away. I wanted to keep them in the hotel. I knew we could get to where we needed to get to,” said Unifor Local 444 incoming president Dave Cassidy.
Workers will still need to ratify the agreement. The ratification vote has been set for Friday at 10 a.m. of the WFCU Centre.
About 2,100 workers walked off the job April 6 after rejecting an earlier tentative agreement. which included wage increases, a signing bonus, increase in pension contributions and improved job security for restaurant workers.
The striking workers include dealers, cooks, housekeepers and janitors.
Wages and working conditions were the key issues in the dispute, which had prompted Caesars Windsor to postpone all hotel reservations and concerts through the end of May.
Unifor is asking members to stay on the picket lines, but the union is also recommending ratification.
Caesars management is not commenting on the tentative agreement. Officials say they will talk after the ratification vote.