Editors Note, July 1, 2018: Gateway Casino has responded saying that they are unable to provide support to an employee-driven event due to the strike, but they will be supporting the charity this year. A spokesperson for Gateway Casinos, Tanya Gabara, says that they will be making a donation directly to the charity to support the BC Children's Hospital, but details on the amount have not yet been confirmed.
Over 200 members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) on strike at Playtime Casino Kelowna say that they are challenging their employer to match a donation to BC Children’s Hospital.
The workers are holding a charity barbeque for the hospital outside the casino in downtown Kelowna on Canada Day afternoon. The annual event is usually supported by the Playtime Casino, however this year the workers are holding it with the support of the union.
Playtime Casino, which is owned by Gateway Casinos, usually holds the annual charity event but have cancelled this year’s barbeque, says a statement from the BCGEU.
More than 675 members BCGEU working at four Gateway Casinos in the Okanagan walked off the job on Friday after mediation broke down earlier in the week.
Gateway Casino establishments on strike right now also include Lake City Casino in Vernon, Cascades Casino in Penticton, and Cascades Casino in Kamloops.