Casino Workers Protest at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
May 16, 2013
Workers Take Action to Demand an End to Casino Management-Led Anti-Union Intimidation Campaign
PITTSBURGH, May 16 – Workers at Rivers Casino protested for over an hour today, May 16, 2013, in front of the casino main entrance, leading a picket of several hundred Pittsburgh union members and community allies to demand an end to anti-union intimidation led by casino management.
"I'm here to hold Rivers Casino to its promise of good jobs," said Matthew Arling, a bartender at the casino since 2011. "I want the same opportunity that casino workers had at The Meadows to make their jobs better."
Workers at Rivers have had to endure intimidation tactics and anti-union harassment beginning the day they went public with an organizing campaign to secure respect on the job and better working conditions.
Today's action in front of Rivers Casino followed Tuesday's City Council vote calling on the Pittsburgh casino to "fulfill its promise of good jobs for our community."
"When the casino came to Pittsburgh they promised they would be a good corporate neighbor to this community. Being a good corporate neighbor means providing good quality jobs," Councilman Daniel Lavelle pointed out Tuesday.
Hourly workers at Rivers Casino have formed the Steel City Casino Workers' Council Organizing Committee to hold Rivers Casino to its broken "good jobs" promises.
Rev. David Thornton of Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh's Hill District kicked off the picket on the bullhorn.
Steel City Casino Workers Council
The Steel City Casino Workers Council Organizing Committee is made up of workers at Rivers Casino with support by UNITEHERE Local 57, Teamsters Local 211, Operating Engineers Local 95, and the United Steelworkers. Members of the coalition and its affiliates include over 100,000 casino industry workers in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and The Meadows in Washington, PA.