The cleaners, servers, and bartenders at Ameristar Casino, East Chicago, have called for a boycott of the property.

In late 2012, Ameristar was purchased by Pinnacle Entertainment, a corporation based out of Las Vegas. The union contract expired around that time, Ameristar has not agreed to a new contract since then. Now, Ameristar has cut off the affordable family health insurance plan employees have had for years. Workers are asking customers to stay away from the property until a fair contract is settled.

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3 reasons to boycott Ameristar

  1. Ameristar is taking away the affordable health insurance we have had for years. We have fought hard for an affordable family health insurance plan that allows us to maintain a good standard of living, Ameristar is trying to take that insurance, and that standard, away.
  2. Ameristar fired a long time bartender for contacting guests about the boycott. In April Jessica Levin, a union shop steward, was suspended and then fired for contacting to guests about the boycott—protected union activity.
  3. We are a union community. Working people and our unions built Northwest Indiana and fought to raise our standard of living. We have been here for generations—and we must refuse to let an outsider like Pinnacle destroy the union.

Updates and Recent Media Coverage

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 […]

Former Oak Forest, IL Mayor Malecky and Rockin Horse Saloon

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 […]