Workers at Rhode Island casino who in the last month have been complaining about better healthcare benefits have now threatened to go on the rampage this morning.
Through their leaders, the Rhode Island Casino workers have agreed in one accord that unless the benefits they have been enjoying are restored to where they were previously, the workers will down their tools starting Friday morning.
Although the UNITE HERE lobby group of the Local 26 seems to be tight on their stand regarding the restoration of their health care benefits, officials at the Rhode Island Casino have are not giving in to their workers’ demands.
Through the UNITE HERE group that is based in Boston, the representative of all employees of the hospitality industry has confirmed that there is the need for the employer, Twin River management to restore or pay their employees what they rightly deserve.
UNITE HERE agreed that the Rhode Island Casino management had slashed a big amount of the workers’ healthcare benefits without informing either the workers or their representatives. According to the union has resulted in their members using a significant amount of extra money from their pockets to fill the need and covering other costs.
Remember that the workers union threatened to go on strike last month. Besides, the workers congregated outside Rhode Island Statehouse with the bid to express their discontent to the authorities. As if this was not enough, the workers union conducted a vote to determine whether or not they will take part in the strike this Friday.
The result of the ballot turned out that 327 workers voted for the strike against five who voted against the workers.
One of the Union representatives said that their workers have gone through rough times trying to find other sources to fill in what they have lost because of the Twin River misdoing.
“Twin River management has created a major crisis for our families. The only plea we are making to them is that we are ready to negotiate as long as they are willing to listen to us. Whether that means we meet every day for many days as long we finally agree for the better of our members,” said Julie Procaccini.
Even as the UNITE HERE points a finger to one of their members’ employer, Twin River management does not seem to be concerned at all. They have said nothing substantial.
Patti Doyle, the management’s spokeswoman, stated that she would not comment on the strike but added that currently, they have job openings, which they would like filled with immediate effect.
Twin River Management operates Hard Rock Casino, and Newport Grand.
The union has given Twin River Management up to 4 am Friday to try and reach a consensus with the workers if not, the workers will run officially down their tools.