Union members make presence known at gaming commission

INDIANAPOLIS | Union casino workers were seen but not heard at Thursday’s meeting of the Indiana Gaming Commission.

About a dozen members of Unite Here Local 1 showed up at the 1 p.m. meeting of the Indiana Gaming Commission in Indianapolis to protest the layoff of 80 employees at Majestic Star Casinos.

Laid-off casino workers take complaints to Indianapolis

Several laid-off Majestic Star Casino employees and family members took their fight to Thursday’s meeting of the Indiana Gaming Commission in Indianapolis.

Airports Go Green … And, Labor Leaders Fear, Bust Unions

Outside the Westin River North hotel in downtown Chicago on Nov. 5, about 20 men and women in winter clothes stood quietly facing the entrance, handing out fliers. They read, “Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Stop Eliminating GOOD JOBS” and implored people to call the mayor and “tell him to keep our airport CLEAN & SAFE, and our families STRONG.”

Layoffs hit Gary’s Majestic Star

GARY — About 80 workers at Majestic Star Casino and Hotel have lost their jobs as the casino reshuffles its organizational structure in response to a soft regional economy, the company said Tuesday.

Majestic Star cuts nearly 80 workers

Majestic Star Casino & Hotel has cut nearly 80 positions in Gary in the last couple weeks as a result of changes in its organizational structure and economic conditions, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

New Contract Spells Good News for 1,200 Chicago Airport Workers—Unless City Moots It

On Oct. 19, after four months of bargaining, UNITE HERE Local 1 union ratified a contract ensuring better wages and health insurance for 1,200 store, café and restaurant workers at Chicago’s two airports, O’Hare and Midway. The new contract with company HMS Host will put a total of $10 million more in airport workers’ pockets, which means $10 million more circulating in the working-class Chicago neighborhoods where many of them live, says UNITE HERE Local 1 president Henry Tamarin.

Community Leader, Workers Lobby To Save Airport Jobs

City officials met with religious leaders and airport workers Wednesday to press for the measures to protect hundreds of jobs at Chicago’s airports.

The City Council is considering a new law that would ensure union jobs and benefits if the current airport concession contract goes to another company. The proposal, called Stable Jobs Stable Airports, would prevent labor disruptions as new companies take over.