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Low-paid casino staff likely gambling addicts: union

6 June 2007

ALBERTA, Canada -- As reported by the Edmonton Journal: "Casino workers who put up with meagre wages in Alberta are 'probably' gambling addicts who do the job as much for enjoyment as for financial support, says the head of one of Alberta's largest unions.

"That's one reason why staff are on the picket line at West Edmonton Mall's Palace Casino after nine months of striking for a first contract, said Doug O'Halloran, president of Local 401 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The average wage for the 250 striking workers was under $11 an hour and dealers make more than $1 an hour less than Tim Hortons staff on average, he noted.

"...That's not Joan Harvey's experience. She is a slot attendant making the maximum pay at the casino for her position: $8.60 per hour. She says she doesn't know of co-workers who stay there for their addiction. But she agrees it's time something changed..."

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