For immediate release
January 15, 2005
Clare Fauke, UNITE HERE Local 1
312-663-4373 x247, or 312-802-2302 (cell)
Trump, Majestic Star & Harrah's Not Subject to Weekend Strike; Blue Chip Still Unresolved
East Chicago, IN-A tentative agreement was reached late last night between members of UNITE HERE Local 1 and the Trump Casino in Gary.
“The tentative agreement represents a significant increase in wages and benefits for Trump workers,” says Local 1 President Henry Tamarin. “The negotiating committee is strongly recommending it to their co-workers.”
Approximately 140 housekeepers, bartenders and food and beverage servers will review the agreement over the next week. A ratification vote will be held Monday, January 24th.
Tentative agreements were also reached with Harrah’s East Chicago and Majestic Star Casino this week, averting a weekend strike.
Blue Chip Casino negotiations had been scheduled for Wednesday January 12, but company negotiators cancelled the session without notice. Negotiations have not been rescheduled at the Blue Chip and a strike by 250 union employees appears imminent.
Members of UNITE HERE Local 1 voted by a 93% margin to authorize their negotiating committee to call a strike if necessary, and set the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend as the strike date.
Customers can get the latest information by calling the Riverboat Strike Hotline at 1-888-656-4373.