PSAC, UNE, and supporters, urge the employer to take immediate action to support workers at the Rideau Carleton Casino in these exceptional circumstances related to COVID-19. We are asking the employer to lead by example, as in Quebec, where all casino workers will receive their full wages despite closures.
Other private employers across Canada have also decided to pay their staff while in shutdown such as the Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, Canadian Tire, Ikea Canada, Home Depot, Under Armour, Sports Check, Atmosphere, Best Buy and more. As of March 19, Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw will cover employee salaries for the next two weeks with the provision that the employer will re-evaluate the situation for workers after this time.
PSAC proposed that the Employer of workers at the Rideau Carleton Casino, a division of Hard Rock International (in Florida), immediately grant Special Paid Leave to workers for a period of time. If in response to the pandemic there is an ongoing requirement to remain closed, then the Union has proposed that the Employer shift to providing a special top up to E.I. benefits. This was also denied. As news of supportive measures by other Employers in this sector and beyond became known, the PSAC asked yet another time to support employees with no response.