·  United Steelworkers Local Union 1-1937

Chances Campbell River - Locked Out Employees

USW, Local 1-1937 and its Members employed at Chances Campbell River would like to thank all those that support us by not playing at the Playtime Community Gaming facilities.  The employees of Chances Campbell River have been locked out by their employer, Playtime Community Gaming Inc. since October 22, 2014. 

Playtime is a large Surrey based corporation who has gaming operations in six different B.C. cities:  Campbell River, Courtenay, Victoria, Penticton, Abbotsford and Langley.  The Campbell River and Abbotsford operations are unionized facilities.

The Campbell River employees and USW, Local 1-1937 attempted to bargain a first collective agreement for several months. Negotiations came to an impasse when the Company refused to provide wages and benefits that were remotely comparable to what the employees at their Abbotsford operation are receiving.  The Union eventually served notice that they would take two days of job action in an attempt to get their message across to the employer.  The Company immediately served the Union lockout notice and the employees have been locked out since.  

Since the lockout began the employees have seen replacement workers (scabs) being used to operate the facility.  The Union filed an application at the B.C. Labour Relations Board to have Playtime restricted from using replacement workers.  A hearing was held on Thursday November 6th in Vancouver, B.C.  The Labour Board ruled that Playtime Gaming was acting in violation of the Labour Code and has ordered them to stop using Bistro workers to do the work of the USW Bargaining Unit Members.  It was interesting to hear the Company plead its case on how the inability to use scabs will impact its business when it is the Company that has chosen to lock the employees out.  

Playtime has filed an application at the BC Labour Relations Board asking for the USW to be restricted in picketing the site because of the impact it has on the Bistro.  This is also quit ironic as Playtime claims that the Bistro which is owned by Dominion Catering is a common employer and managed by Playtime.  It is playtime that has locked out their employees and has caused the damage to Dominion Catering not the Union or its members.  The members at Chances are locked out and any blame or responsibility for the layoff of other workers lies squarely on the actions of the Company.

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