CINCINNATI OH Dec 11 2016 - Contract talks are expected to begin next month for 55 dispatchers and security guards at Jack Casino in Cincinnati after they voted last month to join a union.
The vote brings to 800 the number of union employees at the Downtown casino property. That’s about two thirds of its total work force.
Employees voted 32-14 on Nov. 10 to join the international union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America. The vote ended an organizing campaign that began more two years ago.
That’s before the casino’s Detroit-based owners ended their partnership with Caesar’s Entertainment Corp., which operated the property as a Horseshoe Casino until June of this year.
Union leaders did not return WCPO’s calls. Jack Entertainment spokeswoman Gayle Joseph said the company expects a smooth transition for the casino’s newest bargaining unit.
“Our relationship is a strong one,” Joseph said. “Although we have not started the contract negotiations, we anticipate a smooth process and a successful outcome for all of us.”
The union organizing effort comes just a few months after 183 current and former casino supervisors won a $775,000 settlement after accusing the casino’s former management company of failing to pay required overtime.