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Casino worker caravan converging on Indy Friday for safer working conditions

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A car caravan of casino workers from across Indiana will converge on the Indiana Capitol at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, May 15, to demand safer working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cleaners, cooks, servers, and bartenders from Northwest Indiana casinos--the Ameristar in East Chicago, the Blue Chip in Michigan City, and the Majestic Star in Gary--will be among those workers participating in the car caravan, which will meet at North Meridian Street and Monument Circle. The caravan will leave Gary on Friday morning.

Workers wil be calling on gaming employers “to enhance cleaning and prioritizing health and safety before re-opening” their gambling houses under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s phased-in plan to re-open the state’s economy.

The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) announced last week that casinos may re-open in Phase IV of that plan, which is projected to begin on June 14. Casinos must submit re-opening plans to the IGC for approval.

“The way my co-workers and my company have been helping each other out during this crisis, I’ve never been prouder to work here,” said Tina Mack, a bartender at the Majestic Star. “I’m proud to have good union health insurance that keeps me and my coworkers safe and healthy. I want to be proud of how the casinos re-open too. I want to be able to tell my customers that Majestic Star is safe for them to come back.”

“Casino workers note that safe and healthy casinos benefit Indiana taxpayers,” according to a statement released by UNITE HERE Local 1. “Ameristar, Blue Chip, Caesars Southern Indiana, Indiana Grand, and Majestic Star casinos generated $66.4 million in tax revenue in the first three months of 2020 before the shutdown. The state stands to lose at least $150 million in anticipated gaming tax revenue for April, May, and June, according to an analysis of IGC revenue data by UNITE HERE Local 1.”



Posted 5/15/2020




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