The cleaners, servers, and bartenders at Ameristar Casino, East Chicago, urge you to boycott this casino until workers get a fair contract.

Ameristar has not agreed to a new contract since 2012. In 2015, Ameristar cut off the affordable union health insurance plan employees and their families have had for years. Workers are asking customers to stay away from Ameristar Casino, East Chicago,  until a fair contract is settled.

As of 2018, Ameristar is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc., a casino operation company based in Pennsylvania. Penn National has successfully reached union contracts at other casinos, including Hollywood Casino in Joliet, IL, where the contract maintains the same health insurance plan employees of Ameristar are fighting to get back.

Penn National can settle a contract at Ameristar.

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Updates and Recent Media Coverage

Penn National can settle a union contract at Ameristar Casino

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.

New NIALF President Affirms Commitment to Boycott

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!

Chinatown Bus Stop

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!

Information on calls seeking help at Ameristar Casino

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“ […]

AFT 943 – Thank You!

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 […]

Thank you Dwayne Rancifer Jr

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 […]

Free Shuttles to Union Casinos

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 […]