Slow business after $ 300 M worth of renovations has the casino's administration struggling to keep its workforce intact.
Montreal casino employees are preparing for the worst as up to 100 unionized workers could lose their job over the next few weeks.
Reports indicate work hours equivalent to 42 jobs in restauration, 4 jobs in security and 30 to 40 jobs for croupiers will be cut in the near future. More bad news may come once remaining unions finish negotiating with the casino's administration.
Riccardo Scopelleti, president of the union representing security workers, says the cuts in his department have been ongoing since 31 % of security workers were laid off back in 2009.
"In 2009, 31 % [of security employees were cut] come back from a 14-month lockout. Then another 12 jobs were lost in 2011 and now we're losing the equivalent of four full-time positions now," Scopelleti told CJAD.
Unfortunately, the union president said layoffs like these are becoming the norm. "Year to year, it's been pretty much expected," he said. That, in turn, affects morale on the work floor.
"Morale is at a low. When once we working 35-40 people on the floor in one shift of a 12-hour frame, down to 22 or 24 on some days and nights, it's a little bit scary."