Casino dealers set to hold one-day strike Monday

In the midst of contract negotiations with Casino du Lac Leamy, 350 dealers are set to walk off the job Monday.

The action will last for one day but the union representing the dealers says it's hoping the walk-out will prompt negotiations to continue with Casino bosses.

Dealers from the Montreal Casino will also be walking off the job making it 1,100 dealers away from work for 24 hours. They'll all be meeting at the Sheraton in Laval to discuss next steps.

Jean-Pierre Roy with Lotto Quebec told CFRA News, despite the walk-out on Monday mediation will take place from Tuesday to Friday next week with independent conciliators.

Roy says he's optimistic the talks will lead to progress in contract talks and notes there's never been a strike at any Quebec casino.

Patrick Desjardins with the union representing both casinos says dealers have been without a contract since April 1, 2013. He says negotiations hit a snag over administrative issues that cover day-to-day operations (i.e. scheduling) and they hadn't started talking about monetary issues.

Desjardins says dealers are sick not being represented fairly and they're hoping mediation can try to move things forward as well.

Roy says Lac Leamy Casino will remain open and it will be business as usual on Monday. He says managers, who were once dealers themselves, will be operating the tables and all shows will go as scheduled. All "tip" money for dealers collected that day will be given to local charities.

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