Pinnacle Entertainment Settles with Union over Allegations of Coercing Employees

The St Louis Business News reported that the St Louis Union filed a federal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in St Louis against Pinnacle Entertainment alleging they were “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees.”  They contend that both downtown St Louis downtown casinos, the President Casino and the Lumiere Place Casino, failed to grant wage increases, engage in unilateral changes in working conditions and participated in improper terminations.  However, just days before the court date, Pinnacle agreed to a settlement deal.  The article reported:

St. Louis union attorney Greg Campbell of Hammond and Shinners  said, “This sweeping settlement is extraordinary in its in breadth and  detail and represents a significant remedy for longstanding complaints  raised by Pinnacle’s employees. We sincerely hope it  signals a change in the Company’s attitude toward its employees.”

This event represents more failed promises by the casino industry to the people of Missouri.  Tim Leubbert, Unite Here International President and Missouri state director said it best:

“When Pinnacle sought permission to build  casinos in Missouri, it promised employees and government officials that  it would be a good citizen, but today’s extraordinary settlement shows  how the Company has fallen short. It shouldn’t take a  federal case to get the Company to honor its promises.We  hope this unprecedented settlement signals the Company is ready to  address its remaining unmet promises to the people of Missouri.”

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