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.

Click here to Pledge to Boycott Ameristar


Updates and Recent Media Coverage

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 […]


Local 1 has begun reaching out on Facebook to people who people who have not yet pledged to boycott Ameristar until a union fair contract is settled…

Will Bryan Chiappetti Boycott Ameristar?

On May 24, 2017, members of UNITE HERE Local 1 held a banner outside Ameristar Casino. The banner read “Tell Bryan Chiappetti to boycott Ameristar Casino.”   While UNITE HERE Local 1 members were outside Ameristar Casino on public property, the water sprinkler system was turned on. Local 1 members were not deterred and stood their […]

Casino Workers Picket on Pegoraro

In April 2017, Northwest Indiana Casino workers picketed outside Ameristar Casino with signs urging customers to boycott Ameristar and “Tell Mike Pegoraro to Boycott Ameristar Casino.”…

Open letter to individuals looking to play in the Heartland Poker Tour at Ameristar, East Chicago:

The Heartland Poker Tour is a high profile event for Ameristar East Chicago. Before you consider playing in the tour, you should know that the servers, bar staff, and housekeepers at Ameristar Casino have called for a boycott of the casino because the casino has not settled a contract with them since 2013. Now Ameristar […]

Union distributes fliers about Bryan Chiappatti at local grocery stores

Bryan Chiappetti has been a regular customer at Ameristar Casino and has not yet committed to boycotting the casino. Recently, members of UNITE HERE passed out fliers to customers at Chicagoland grocery stores which sell Chiappetti Meats about the labor dispute at Ameristar and Mr. Chiappetti’s involvement.

Legal Update: Ameristar’s Appeal “Dismissed Without Prejudice”

UPDATE: Last year Ameristar appealed a trial court decision in which it lost against UNITE HERE Local 1. That appeal has now been “dismissed without prejudice.”   You may remember the lawsuit.  Ameristar filed the suit against Local 1 in connection with our communications with regular customers of Ameristar to let them know that Ameristar […]