This beautiful, iconic picture is what comes to mind when people think of Hollywood Park Casino. Sadly, the recent story of the casino is anything but beautiful. On March 4, 2013, the scene was filled with grief, strife, and uncertainty as 600 workers lost their jobs. Many of these workers had been there since the Casino first opened. Now they were being cut loose with little warning. Clergy met with the workers and heard the fear in their voices as they asked, ” How will I continue to pay my son’s tuition?” “How will I afford my mortgage?”
Why did this all happen? A new operator, Eric Swallow, took over the Casino and broke an existing union contract. He quickly and quietly hired a new staff while firing majority of the existing one. He has had closed door, intimidating meetings with new workers, strongly discouraging them from unionizing. Many have come to believe that he is fundamentally opposed to paying a living wage or allowing workers to have a voice on the job.
The time is NOW!!
CLUE-LA clergy, lay leaders, and community supporters have spoken up in outrage. As long as workers at Hollywood Park Casino are fighting for justice, CLUE-LA fights in solidarity as well.
Picket with us!!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
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