Mountaineer Workers Remain on Strike
by The Associated Press
Date Posted: 3/31/2008 4:39:31 PM
Last Updated: 4/1/2008 10:44:07 AM

Photo: Mountaineer Park

About 200 union workers walked off the job at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort the weekend of March 29, and they remained on strike March 31.

Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 23 went on strike at 12:01 a.m. EDT March 29. Union spokesman Kevin Kilroy said between 50 and 60 people are now picketing in front of the casino in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle region.

Mountaineer spokeswoman Tamara Pettit said the casino, racetrack, and resort are operating smoothly despite the loss of about 9% of the work force. Pettit said management and supervisors are filling in for striking slot-machine attendants, accounting people, and cashiers.

Negotiations between the union and Mountaineer broke down March 28. At issue are wages and health care benefits.



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