In 2018, Penn National Gaming, Inc, began operating Ameristar Casino, East Chicago. Penn National and UNITE HERE have successfully reached union contracts at other Penn National-operated casinos, including Hollywood Casino in Joliet, IL. Call Penn National at (610) 373-2400 and tell them to settle a fair contract with Ameristar Casino East Chicago workers.
Earlier this year Northern Indiana Area Labor Federation (formerly Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor) welcomed Dennis McCafferty as its new President. McCafferty reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to the Ameristar Boycott by sending the following letter to the General Manager of Ameristar, Matt Schuffert. Thank you, McCafferty!
We’re out here talking to Ameristar customers, asking them to boycott! If you see us fliering the Ameristar bus in Chinatown, come say “hi” and show your support!
UNITE HERE Local 1 analyzed East Chicago Police and Fire Department records of calls seeking help at Ameristar Casino. We found that 237 calls seeking help at Ameristar were made during a one-year period from Sept. 1, 2016 to Sept. 1, 2017. The records showed: 42 calls for “medical assistance” 23 reports of a “disturbance“ […]
On Tuesday April 10, 2018, Donna Calhoun, a UNITE HERE Local 1 member and employee at Hollywood Casino Joliet, spoke at a membership meeting of AFT Local 943, the Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers, about the boycott of Ameristar Casino, East Chicago. Several Local 943 members self-identified as casino customers and pledged to boycott Ameristar […]
Former Ameristar customer and current East Chicago business owner Dwayne Rancifer Jr supports the Ameristar workers! Thursday March 8th, UNITE HERE Local 1 members, Brian Short and Steven Wyatt, visited Rancifer Jr at a restaurant he and his father operate, R & R Carribean Jerk in East Chicago. After explaining that Pinnacle Entertainment […]
Do you take the free shuttle to Ameristar Casino? Just because you are boycotting Ameristar does not mean you can’t enjoy casinos with good union contracts and union healthcare! Did you know you can take free rides to other casinos which have agreed to fair union contracts for their employees? According to the Majestic Star […]
On October 24th , 2017 UNITE HERE Local 1 urged the current alderman of Oak Forest, Illinois at the City Council meeting to reach out to the city’s former Mayor, James Malecky, and ask him to boycott Ameristar Casino. Below is a copy of what Local 1 said: Malecky has been a regular customer […]