San Diego, California
My name is Carlos Lopez and I have worked at the Pala Casino Resort and Spa as a line cook for over six great years now. My life prior to working at the Pala Casino wasn’t always easy. I came from a family of immigrants from Mexico, and my dad was the sole provider for the family until I started working at age 17. I worked multiple jobs so I could help with bills, but I worked in places that offered no insurance and no benefits. At one time, my wages were frozen for over four years. On top of that, I didn’t even get a “thank you” or anything when those places closed down—after working with them for over nine years!
Now the difference between that and Pala Casino is the difference between night and day. I have affordable medical insurance, excellent benefits and I’m happy to be able to save money for once in my life—all thanks to a wonderful union contract.