UNITE HERE Casino Union Threatens Strike in Rhode Island Over Healthcare Benefits

UNITE HERE Casino Union Threatens Strike in Rhode Island Over Healthcare Benefits

Roughly 375 UNITE HERE Local 26 labor union members are prepared to hit at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, unless their health care benefits are instantly restored.

The time that is next HERE Local 26 members stage a sit in, it might be outside the Twin River Casino.

Beginning in of this year, the union claims Twin River Management, the owner and operator of the casino, reduced healthcare coverage for employees from 100 percent to 80 percent january. The new out-of-pocket expenses total over $100,000 for union members alone, based on the local UNITE HERE chapter.

The union took its voice to the actions for the Rhode Island State House to demand reinstatement of their insurance aid yesterday.

With about 100 workers in attendance, Local 26 Vice President Jenna Karlin told progressive political blog RI Future, and anybody else ready to listen, ‘Twin River has seen its share of gaming revenues more than double in the very last seven years to over $225 million. Meanwhile, Twin River Casino cut its employees’ medical protection.’

In addition to its Lincoln property, Twin River owns the Newport Grand Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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