For immediate release
January 20, 2005
Clare Fauke, UNITE HERE Local 1
312-663-4373 x247, or 312-802-2302 (cell)
Strike Preparations Suspended While Workers Consider New Contract
Michigan City, IN-A tentative agreement was reached late last night between members of UNITE HERE Local 1 and the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, averting a strike by 250 service workers.
“The tentative agreement represents a significant increase in the economic package for Blue Chip workers,” says Local 1 President Henry Tamarin. “The negotiating committee is recommending it to their co-workers.”
Workers will review the agreement and vote to ratify the contract next week. UNITE HERE Local 1 represents 250 housekeepers, cooks, dishwashers, food and beverage servers and other service workers at the Blue Chip.
Tentative agreements were also reached last week with Harrah’s in East Chicago and Majestic Star and Trump Casino in Gary. Harrah’s workers vote today to ratify their contract, and Majestic Star and Trump workers will vote to ratify their agreements on Monday. Negotiations will also resume at Buffington Harbor Pavilion, which is jointly managed by Trump and Majestic Star.
Local 1 represents 850 riverboat workers across northwest Indiana. Customers can get the latest information by calling the Riverboat Strike Hotline at 1-888-656-4373.