A particular casino in Edmonton, Canada is not having a great time as they’re searching for new ways to stabilize their operations. The Grand Villa Casino Edmonton released a statement that they’ll be serving the public for only 4 days in a week due to the weak economy of the city.
In addition, the city is also suffering from poor transportation infrastructure. The unprecedented move comes after layoffs that have now increased the number of unemployed people in the city.
Starting from the 15th of September, the casino will open from 12 am- 1 am, Thursdays – Sundays. However, they will also be open for major concert or sports event at the Rogers Place arena.
Fortunately, this arena which is situated right in front of the casino. Previously, the casino has functioned every day from 10 am – 3 am from their first day until now.
The director of public relations for the casino, Tanya Gabara, explains,
“These temporary operational changes are necessary due to the lack of business caused by the extensive delays in the construction in the downtown core and lack of well-lit surface parking in close proximity to the casino.”
For some time now, the casino has partnered with the union of United Food and Commercial Workers to minimize the impact of the job losses.
Grand Villa is a casino owned by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment and they have about 60,000 square ft. of space purely for gaming. For some weeks, according to statements released by the union representatives and the casino.
Part-time and full-time staffs have lost their jobs as Gateway keeps searching for ways to improve their bottom line. The sackings have not just affected employees at the casino alone, but also people who operate in the casino as a third party, like Pinkberry, Starbucks, Sbarro Pizza and several others.
“It is difficult to state an exact number of impacted employees at this time until all of these options have been explored with our employees, which is our priority.” Employees are being offered “voluntary exit packages,”
They have the option of moving from working full-time to part-time or they could request for a transfer to another casino owned by Gateway.
Michael Hughes, a representative of the union is on ground to ensure a smooth transition and there’s also all forms of legal assistance on ground to make sure that the collective agreement is followed to the letter.
However, he is not fully convinced about the decision of Gateway because of construction or a lack of economic growth locally, which shows that business in the locality looks stable. He is of the opinion that Gateway were fully aware that they would lay off workers at the start of the year when they basically forced their staff to accept several changes in their signed agreement.