Chances strike ends with pay increase, bonus for workers

Workers at Chances (Playtime Gaming) are going back to work.

The workers were locked out by the employer on Oct. 22, 2014, following a strike vote where Rick Wangler, 1st Vice-President of the United Steelworkers (USW) local 1-1937 said, “The employees of Playtime only want what is right, which is a fair living wage and decent benefits so they can provide food, shelter and health care for themselves and their families.”

Wangler said Wednesday that the settlement included a significant raise in wages and benefits in the first year (2014) and in lieu of retroactive payment, a ‘fairly significant’ signing bonus.

“The employer has taken on a huge cost to settle this matter,” said Wangler. “They moved significantly in their stance and since this is our first agreement, every piece of it is an improvement.”