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.