A union representing employees at Bally’s Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island have expressed disapproval after they were not asked to return to work following the lifting of all novel coronavirus (Covid-19) measures in the state.
After the restrictions were lifted, Twin Rivers’ revenue reportedly increased as capacity increased at the venue.
Employees at the casino, represented by General Teamsters Local Union 251, said they wish to return to work at Twin River but had not had the option, despite the casino returning to high levels of attendance and revenue.
The union noted that many worked there several years before the pandemic.
“It’s unfortunate that corporate profits are being prioritized before people, which Twin River has clearly demonstrated by its actions so far by not returning its valuable workers back to their previous positions,” said Matthew Taibi, principal officer of Local 251.
“The fact that working Americans here in Rhode Island are having their surplus labor value ignored is disgusting. They’re betting against the house.”
The employees in question mostly hold roles as “ambassadors” of the casino, in which they are generally the first to greet and interact with customers and guests.
“Our members at Twin River are fully capable, willing, and qualified to return to their positions immediately,” added Taibi.
“They have always provided exceptional customer service to guests who visit the casino from all over New England. It is time to for Twin River to recall them to work.”