Labor Day is the celebration of the incredible contributions and hard work of working people in the United States. This Labor Day, workers from Majestic Star Casino protested the casino for a fair contract. The collective bargaining agreement covering around 300 Majestic Star workers expired on October 31, 2012.
Casinos like the Majestic Star were approved by political leaders based on the promise they would bring stable jobs to hard-hit areas like Northwest Indiana. Workers at the Majestic Star receive low-cost, high quality healthcare, which is free for individuals and only $30 a month for families. Workers haven’t had raises since 2011.
“We just want decent wages and to keep our benefits intact for our families,” said Jeri Elliot, Majestic Star housekeeper for 13 years. “Unions built this region, and we’re going to continue to fight to make this region stronger.”
Hundreds of casino workers from Ameristar and Blue Chip casinos, and Chicago hotel workers, lunchroom workers and airport workers who are members of UNITE HERE Local 1 joined Majestic Star workers to stand together to keep the middle class intact in Northwest Indiana.
Check out the photos from our rally here.