As many as 100 job cuts expected at the Montreal Casino

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."

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  1. royv posted on 02/15/2014 02:44 PM
    hum ,,,now we know from where the PQ's grants to OUTSIDE companies is coming from ,,of course they would have to tighten the belts of hard working individuals..
    maybe if they had bought strictly French versions of games might have staved off Pauline...
  2. Joseph posted on 02/15/2014 04:46 PM
    When Loto Quebec claims that they are not earning enough and have to cut jobs is a red flag on how well the Quebec economy is doing. Looks like that the fools tax has its limits.
  3. Ivona posted on 02/15/2014 05:16 PM
    I wonder if the machines in English are driving business away?
  4. clint posted on 02/15/2014 05:43 PM
    I blame this on those dam "English" machines.
  5. ric posted on 02/16/2014 06:42 PM
    I wonder how much of the $300 million lined the pockets of politicians, mobsters ans casino execs. How can renovations cost that much? Did those idiots ever think that people have NO MONEY to gamble.
  6. Andy posted on 02/20/2014 04:43 PM
    That's what happens when they go after the industries that pump cash money back into the economy. Construction and Food and beverage industries. Oh well. I guess they aren't smart enough to know that cash money always goes back to the economy eventually.
  7. joeN posted on 02/21/2014 10:56 AM
    100 unionized people layed off, wonder if these people will be voting for the PQ?
  8. Karla Liebrandt posted on 02/21/2014 11:09 AM
    Wow, you know the Quebec economy is in bad shape when even the high rollers are hedging their bets!
  9. Justin posted on 02/21/2014 02:55 PM
    Hopefully at some point Lotto-Quebec management will understand that people do not want to gamble in Montreal because they can get a better product elsewhere. Incredibly grumpy dealers, unaffordable table betting minimums ($25/hand blackjack), and unfavourable rules on blackjack compared to other casinos make a visit to the Montreal casino a depressing and boring experience. It is not rocket science. I won't even mention their commercial (think: "otta otta") which is so annoying that it probably keeps more clients away than in the doors.

    I visit Las Vegas three times a year and would much rather spend my money in a place that allows me to have a good time doing it.
    1. canadian posted on 04/26/2014 07:46 AM
      @Justin Not to mention lousy service, no free drinks except cheap coffee in Styrofoam cups. I would rater go to Vegas where the customer is respected. Not like in Montreal where they look at you as if you are bothering them when asking for any service, especially if you speak English.
  10. Dan posted on 02/21/2014 07:16 PM
    It`s unbelievable that the Montreal Casino can spend $300 million on renovations also $300 thousand on a V.I.P. party for the grand reopening while putting over125 people out of work 2 months later.

    PS Loto Quebec will make close to a BILLION DOLLARS clear profit this year.
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