PITTSBURGH – On April 11, for the first time at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, casino workers marched on their management to deliver a declaration demanding respect on the job and a fair process to organize a union freely and without management intimidation or retaliation.
The workers at Pittsburgh’s only casino were joined by a coalition of elected officials, clergy, community organizations, and labor leaders from across the Greater Pittsburgh Region who warned casino management not to violate workers’ rights by attempting to intimidate, retaliate against, or interfere with them.
Rivers Casino was found guilty of violating federal labor law during a 2009 union organizing drive. The Vice President of Human Resources who illegally surveilled employees and banned the distribution of union materials remains in his position at the casino.
“I am standing here with my fellow coworkers to demand fairness and respect at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh,” said Rivers Casino Players’ Club Rep Dorothy Hall. “We want a fair process to organize for the opportunity to have careers in our community.”
Over $1 billion in gaming revenue has flowed through Rivers Casino since it opened in 2009. Rivers Casino is majority-owned by Walton Street Capital Real Estate Fund VI, a private equity real estate fund managed in Chicago.
“Rivers Casino broke its promise of good, family-sustaining jobs,” declared State Senator Jim Ferlo. “The Pittsburgh community has allowed Rivers Casino to thrive and today we are telling Rivers’ owners to stop standing in the way of working families.”
Community leaders joining workers at Rivers Casino today included State Senator Jim Ferlo, Allegheny County Council At-Large John DeFazio, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Jack Shea (President, Allegheny County Labor Council), Joe Molinero (President, Teamsters Local 211), and The Rev. Walt Szymanski (Calvary Episcopal Church and Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN)). Community organizations represented included Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) and Pittsburgh United.