On December 21, 2013, Blue Chip Casino workers ratified a new contract covering over 400 workers. Highlights of the contract include maintaining high quality UNITE HERE Health Fund benefits for more than 300 families; preserving established gains in job security and working conditions; and wage increases through 2015.
“To be able to secure our health fund was the best accomplishment of 2013,” said Dominique Wilson, Blue Chip Laundry Attendant. “I no longer have to worry about what I have to cut from my budget to afford the best care.”
The new contract marks a huge step forward towards strong, middle class jobs for the gaming sector, particularly in Northwest Indiana. An overwhelming majority of workers voted yes.
“I’m especially proud to say that because we stuck together, we were able to walk away with such a great victory – keeping our health insurance, obtaining wage increases and back pay,” said Jo’Von Lindsey, Blue Chip Snack Bar Attendant. “We are extremely proud to say that we are a fighting union and that we look forward to a new year with a great new contract and victory!”
Congratulations to the Negotiating Committee: Flenard Kohlheim, Pam Saunders, Sharon Coburn, Shiquita Hales, Jo’Von Lindsey, Dominique Wilson, Christina Rodriguez and Jenida Manley.