For immediate release
August 16, 2013
Today, employees at Calder Casino voted to unionize, becoming the third south Florida casino to organize their union. UNITE HERE Local 355 is pleased to announce that casino management have recognized their employees wishes. Calder workers join their fellow members in the gaming industry at Isle Casino in Pompano Beach and Gulfstream Casino in Hallandale Beach.
“Today was a victory for all casino workers,” said Yolette Lareus, a cook at the casino. “This was a long journey, but we did it. I’m so proud of all of my co-workers and am grateful to all the other union members from around South Florida that came out to support us.”
Local 355 members in the hospitality industry volunteered to help unionize the workers at Calder Casino. Rachelle Laurent, a member at the Diplomat Hotel, was one of many who were happy to be a part of this victory. “I’ve grown with my union and my union is growing because of me. When we stick together, we have a better future in Florida.”
Calder workers will soon begin negotiations for their contract. Workers at the Magic City Casino are also in the process of organizing the Union. With recent union victories at Marlins Park, Hudson concession units at Miami International and the new St. Regis Hotel in Bal Harbor, UNITE HERE Local 355 now represents over 6,000 casino, hotel, airport concessions and food service workers in South Florida.