DETROIT ��� More than 1,000 employees at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland overwhelmingly ratified a first contract yesterday.
The agreement provides the union members yearly increases for a 9.6 percent wage increase over the life of the five-year agreement, a strong arbitration process and experience pay that includes credit for prior experience on the job.
The Casino employees who voted to join the union in August 2012 are represented by the Cleveland Cincinnati Ohio Casino Workers Council (CCOCWC), a coalition of unions including the UAW, United Steelworkers, Teamsters and UNITE HERE.
���The Cleveland Casino Council offers workers at Horseshoe Cleveland a solid coalition to navigate through the intricacies of a first contract,� said UAW Region 2B Region Director Ken Lortz. ���The workers have won a comprehensive agreement with an arbitration process, and improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions. We look forward to working with Rock Ohio Caesars to create the best workplace environment for casino workers as they continue to deliver first-class service to Horseshoe Casino Cleveland customers.�
���As an entertainment company, we strive to provide an engaging work environment that enables our team members to have fun while earning a competitive wage and benefits package and providing world class service,� said Karen Kaminski, Vice President of Human Resources at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. ���Horseshoe Casino Cleveland worked diligently with the Council over the last 18 months to reach a fair agreement that benefits our team members and our guests and aligns with our Mission, Vision and Values.�
The agreement also offers up to a $1,000 bonus for full-time employees and up to $750 for those who work part-time. It also recognizes seniority rights and guarantees secured free parking for the life of the contract. Employees will also get their on-the-job meals at a reduced cost, an improved attendance policy, seniority shift and start time preference, and improved day off and workday “switching” language which enhances employees�۪ quality of life in a bustling industry that works around the clock.
Horseshoe Cleveland was developed by Rock Gaming in partnership with Caesar’s Entertainment Inc. It opened on May 14, 2012 as the first casino in the state of Ohio.
The CCOCWC is also the exclusive recognized bargaining agent at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, also owned by Rock Ohio Caesars. Contract negotiations will soon begin at Horseshoe Cincinnati, which opened March 4, 2013.
About Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corporation developed Ohio�۪s first full-service casino inside the Historic Higbee Building in downtown Cleveland, which opened in May 2012. Adding to the city�۪s impressive sports, entertainment and cultural attractions, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland welcomed more than five million guests to the casino in its first year of operations. The $350 million gaming destination employs 1,600 team members and features 1,900 slot machines, 89 table games, and a World Series of Poker room, along with lounges, a buffet restaurant and a three-outlet food court. Horseshoe Cleveland also has partnerships with a dozen local restaurants and five downtown hotels. During construction the development created nearly 2,000 construction jobs. For more information please visit www.HorseshoeCleveland.com.
About Rock Gaming LLC
Rock Gaming LLC is a Midwest-based gaming partnership formed with an initial focus to develop full-service casinos in two of Ohio�۪s largest cities, as well as to explore other potential gaming opportunities. Rock Gaming has partnered with Caesars Entertainment, the world�۪s most geographically diversified gaming company, to develop and operate Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, which opened in May 2012, and Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, which opened in March 2013.
Rock Gaming and Caesars are also equity partners in Turfway Park, a premier thoroughbred horseracing track located in northern Kentucky, and Cleveland-area thoroughbred racetrack Thistledown, which opened as a racino in April 2013.
Rock Gaming and Caesars are also developing a full-service casino in downtown Baltimore with joint venture partners CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC, PRT Two, LLC, and The Stronach Group. Set to open in Q3 2014, the facility is being designed to foster economic growth and create new jobs while expanding Baltimore�۪s diverse entertainment offerings.
Additionally, a Rock Gaming affiliate company acquired a majority interest in downtown Detroit�۪s Greektown Casino-Hotel with the vision to better connect the Historic Greektown neighborhood to the City�۪s thriving Woodward corridor.
Dan Gilbert, chairman of Rock Gaming, is also chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, Inc., the country�۪s largest online retail mortgage lender. He is also the majority owner of the NBA�۪s Cleveland Cavaliers and the American Hockey League�۪s Lake Erie Monsters; both teams play at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. For more information, please visit www.Rock-Gaming.com.
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