Letters with Larry

A National Labor Relations Board unfair labor practice charge filed by Dr. Larry Kinoshita, DDS, against UNITE HERE Local 1 has been withdrawn.  Dr. Kinoshita refused to  use his consumer power to help the people who serve him regularly at Ameristar Casino, East Chicago, keep the affordable family health insurance plan they have had for years. The following letter was sent to several of his business associates, encouraging them to reach out to Dr. Kinoshita about this important community health issue.

July 1 Letter

July 1 Letter

When Dr. Kinoshita heard about this letter, Dr. Kinoshita’s lawyer reached out to Local 1; see below.

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July 6 email

Shortly thereafter, Dr. Kinoshita filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board regarding Local 1’s letter.

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Unfair Labor Practice Charge

On August 17th, Dr. Kinoshita withdrew this charge.

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Withdrawal of Unfair Labor Practice Letter

Local 1 wants to make sure everyone knows about the withdrawal.

On October 14th, Local 1 sent the following letter to several of Kinoshita’s business associates to inform them of the lawsuit, the withdrawal, and continued to encourage them to reach out to Dr. Kinoshita.

Kinoshita October Letter

October 14 Letter

 

Legal Update: Ameristar Appeals

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UPDATE:  Ameristar Casino is appealing the court case they lost against UNITE HERE Local 1.  This is more evidence that it is willing to spend money on high-priced Chicago lawyers that it won’t spend on health-care for its workers.

 

You may have heard about the lawsuit that Ameristar filed against Local 1 in connection with our communications with regular customers of Ameristar to let them know that Ameristar wants to take away the affordable family health insurance plan that employees have had for years.  The lawsuit, which was filed in Lake County Superior Court, was dismissed on August 13.

 

The Court rejected Ameristar’s claims and affirmed the right of employees to provide the names of regular customers to Local 1, so that Local 1, together with Ameristar employees and other union members, may publicize the union boycott.  Ameristar Casino is appealing the court case they lost against Local 1.

 

Now, more than ever, Ameristar workers need your voice and support.  Let Ameristar Casino hear how you feel about this boycott by writing them a letter that tells them you support the boycott and want to protect the rights of Local 1 and its members.  Your actions and continued support can make a difference to our members.  Please address your letter of concern to:

 

Reggie Dotson
Public Relations Manager
Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago
777 Ameristar Blvd.
East Chicago, IN 46312

 

You can also send an email or make a phone call to Mr. Dotson at (816) 414-7129 or [email protected]

Make the lucky choice. Boycott Ameristar!

The below advertisement is currently running in Chicago’s China Journal as Ameristar expands its Asian gaming space this fall.

The text of the advertisement reads: "Which is lucky? At Majestic Casino, the baccarat tables are on the FIRST floor. At Blue Chip Casino, the baccarat tables are on the FIRST floor. At Ameristar Casino, baccarat is on the FOURTH floor! Make the lucky choice. Boycott Ameristar."
The text of the advertisement reads: “Which is lucky? At Majestic Casino, the baccarat tables are on the FIRST floor. At Blue Chip Casino, the baccarat tables are on the FIRST floor. At Ameristar Casino, baccarat is on the FOURTH floor! Make the lucky choice. Boycott Ameristar.”

Important Legal Victory in Ameristar Boycott

You may have heard about the lawsuit that Ameristar filed against UNITE HERE Local 1 in connection with our communications with you and other regular customers of Ameristar.  We are pleased to report that the lawsuit, which was filed in Lake County Superior Court, was dismissed on August 13.  This occurred after Ameristar did extensive discovery and presented abundant evidence to the Court to try to prove its case.  The Court rejected Ameristar’s claims and affirmed the right of employees to provide the names of regular customers to Local 1, so that Local 1, together with Ameristar employees and other union members, may publicize the union boycott.

We are glad that this litigation is behind us.  We look forward to the opportunity to have a meaningful discussion with you, and other regular customers, about the important issues that prompted Ameristar employees – your bartenders and servers – to call for this boycott.  We want to talk to you about how you can help.  And we want to talk to you away from the casino, where Ameristar management and casino hosts cannot listen in.

Ameristar tried to take the opportunity to talk away from us.  Ameristar failed.

If you have questions or would like to set up a meeting, you can email Noah Carson-Nelson, from Local 1, at [email protected]

 

Ameristar Poker Room Closes—Heartland Poker Tour to be played in Ballroom in August

Ameristar East Chicago has closed its poker room as of July 1, 2015. The poker room was just reopened in the summer of 2014 after $400,000 in renovations. Below is the text of a letter that has been sent to some potential players in the Heartland Poker Tour. The Heartland Poker Tour returns to Ameristar East Chicago on August 27, 2015.

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Boycott! An American Tradition

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National Rally to #BoycottAmeristar

Union leaders and hundreds of union members from across the country converged outside the Ameristar Casino grounds on June 23rd, to sound support for the ongoing boycott […]

Local 1 Union Casino Organizing Committees Meet

Leaders from all four Indiana and Illinois casinos which are represented by Unite Here Local 1 met Tuesday June 2nd to review where we are in casino organizing and how Local 1 casinos are going to grow power in the Chicagoland casino industry in 2015! […]

Postcard Mailed to Ameristar Customers

Last week, some customers of Ameristar received this postcard about Jessica Levin’s termination and one customer’s reaction to it.


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