A casino in Edmonton, Canada, needs to reduce its operations in an attempt to find stability. The Grand Villa Casino Edmonton said it will only offer the game four days a week due to the city’s “weak economy” and poor transportation infrastructure and the move comes as a result of layoffs that find dozens of people suddenly looking for new jobs.
edmonton-canada-casino-looks-for-ways-to-cut-its-lossesBeginning September 15, the casino will only be open from Thursday to Sunday and from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. However, it will also turn on the lights for any major sporting event or concert at the Rogers Place Arena, which is located in front of the venue. The property has already operated on a daily basis from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. since it first opened in 2016.
Tanya Gabara, director of public relations at the casino, said: “These temporary operational changes are necessary due to the lack of business caused by major construction delays in the city centre and the lack of Well-lit surface parking near the casino.” The site worked with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to try to minimize the impact of the cuts.
Grand Villa is a casino owned by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment that offers 60,000 square feet of gaming space. Over the past two weeks, according to statements from the casino and union representatives, full-time and part-time employees have been relieved of their duties as Gateway looks for ways to improve its results. The layoffs involved not only casino employees, but those involved in third-party transactions within the site, such as Starbucks, Pinkberry, Sbarro Pizza and others.
Gabara adds, “It is difficult to identify an exact number of affected employees at this time until all of these options have been explored with our employees, which is our priority.” Employees are offered “voluntary severance packages,” the option to move from full-time to part-time employment or transfer to another Gateway casino.
Union representative Michael Hughes helps ensure the smooth transition and notes that legal aid is at your fingertips to verify the follow-up to the collective agreement. However, he is not convinced that Gateway’s decision is due to construction or lack of local economic growth, indicating that the local business scene appears stable. He believes Gateway knew it would make cuts earlier this year when it essentially forced employees to accept changes to the agreement.