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NITRO, West Virginia (September 25, 2015) — Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Union, Local 14614-F8, voted Friday, September 25, 2015 to authorize a strike against Mardi Gras Casino and Resort, after rejecting the Company’s Last, Best, and Final offer during an insurance re-opener.

The parties have been engaged in insurance negotiations since the first week of August. The Company is seeking to drastically increase the employee’s premium contribution by over 200% and eliminate the Union’s ability to bargain over future insurance changes and costs to the employees.

The Union has offered to share the premium increase 50/50 with the Company, but the Company rejected the offer. The Company has stated that they can afford the increases, however, they are unwilling to do so.

Local Union President, Ron Brady, will be available on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in person at the local union hall located at 510 Main Avenue, Nitro, WV or by phone to answer any questions you may have.

USW Local 14614-F8 represents approximately 350 members employed at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort.

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As West Virginia working families took time this Labor Day week to celebrate workplace rights and the unions who represent them, State Republican leaders amped up their campaign to lower wages and safety regulations in the name of profit, announcing pursuit of a so-called “right to work” law.

“The fight starts now,” said House Minority Whip Mike Caputo, who discussed the push for the anti-working family law in a Metro News radio interview today. “What they call a ‘right to work’ law is a slap in the face to working people and wrong for West Virginia.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael joined Delegate Caputo in the radio interview and advocated for the legislation. West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue said Carmichael falsely characterized it as an attempt to increase workplace freedom.

As is the time-honored tradition, this extended Labor Day weekend will be filled with family picnics, football games and barbeques, bringing together family members and friends. Amid the festivities, the West Virginia AFL-CIO invites residents to attend one of the many parades and events honoring the achievements of America’s working people.

“The people of this state and country, those working in manufacturing, engineering, service or retail, use their talent, dedication and drive to make our nation stronger,” WV AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue said. “This Labor Day, let’s celebrate our working families, who are pursuing the American Dream and working for a better life.”

Among the many events planned throughout the state, the West Virginia AFL-CIO’s labor councils and affiliates are hosting celebrations on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday -- including a run to raise money to help cover medical expenses for a Brooke County man severely injured in the workplace, and a reception honoring a group of Rosie the Riveters, women who worked in factories, often on munitions and other war supplies, during World War II.

SOUTH CHARLESTON – West Virginia retirees joined local and state officials today in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare in an event hosted by the West Virginia Alliance for Retired Americans (WVARA).

“This is a joyful day for the seniors of America,” WVARA President Virginia Moles said. “Thanks to Medicare, millions of older Americans are able to enjoy their retirement without medical expenses bankrupting them and their families.

“In this age of shrinking savings and small or nonexistent pensions, Medicare is more important than ever.”