“We Will Not Stand By…” UNITE-HERE Warns On Mega Casino Companies’ Merger


Earlier this week, Eldorado Resourts announced it was offering $17.3 billion to buy Caesar’s Entertainment.

The companies say the cash-and-stock deal will create “the largest gambling company in the U.S.,” according to The Street.

“Eldorado and Caesars said they have identified benefits of $500 million by creating a company with 60 owned, operated and managed casino–resorts across 16 states, and expect the deal to boost cash flow immediately,” reports Fortune.com.

That is not sitting well with UNITE-HERE, the union that represents approximately 25,000 workers at Caesars and Eldorado properties.

According to a union press release, UNITE-HERE’s president D. Taylor warned that the savings from the merger should not be made on the backs of the union’s members:

“UNITE HERE has had a positive relationship with Caesars Entertainment over the years, and 25,000 union members have been excited to help the company reinvest and rebuild as it recovers from the disastrous leveraged buyout led by Apollo and TPG. It is in this context that we approach the proposed sale of the company with great concern.

“Yesterday, Eldorado announced cost-savings of $500 million in the first year of the combined company. Where are they going to cut? We will not stand by idly if the proposed Caesars-Eldorado transaction will lead to significant job losses, worse wages and benefits for our members, and lower state gaming tax receipts in the many communities where members we represent work and live. Casinos operating under privileged licenses are meant to create significant benefits for host communities, including family-sustaining jobs and local government funding based on gaming taxes.

“We will support changes at Caesars that preserve the company’s long-term financial health and provide a sustainable path to good jobs in vibrant gaming markets across the country.”

UNITE HERE locals are currently in contract negotiations with Eldorado at Circus Circus Reno and Isle Pompano Beach, the union states.

Contracts at six additional UNITE HERE union casinos in the combined Caesars and Eldorado portfolio will expire in 2020, including four properties in Atlantic City.

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