Teamsters Go On Strike at Twin River - Other Unions Promise to Respect Picket Lines

Saturday, July 15, 2017
GoLocalProv Business Team

PHOTO: Teamsters Local 251 FB
The Teamsters are striking at Twin River and it may shut down the facility. Union officials claim that other unions have agreed to respect the Teamster picket line.

The Teamsters went on strike Friday and union officials have criticized Governor Gina Raimondo for her lack of action in the strike.

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“The governor needs to be standing with Rhode Island workers who are under attack,” said Matt Taibi, Teamsters Local 251 principal officer. “Our tax dollars should be used to create good jobs, not to subsidize employers who are attacking working families by cutting their health care.” Twin River had canceled contract negotiations scheduled for today where Teamsters Local 251 hoped to resolve the standoff with a fair contract that protects workers’ health care.”

“We deeply regret the decision by Teamsters Local 251 to strike effective at noon today.  We worked very hard and in good faith to reach an agreement over these last few weeks and it is unfortunate that the parties have not been able to achieve that to this point,” said Patti Doyle Spokeswoman for Twin River.

“Governor Gina Raimondo is granting Twin River and other gaming executives special access and speaking slots at the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting. Raimondo solicited tens of thousands of dollars in sponsorships from Twin River for the NGA meeting. According to GoLocalProv News, while the governor was negotiating special access and speaking engagements, her legislative team pushed a provision into the budget to shift millions of dollars from the state to Twin River and their gaming partner IGT,” said Taibi.

"Twin River Management Group (TRMG) has always been able to reach agreement with every union and bargaining unit we have negotiated with," said Doyle. “We will of course continue to negotiate in good faith with the union that represents our valet parking attendants in a sincere effort to explore if a viable agreement can be reached.  Reaching an accord and achieving labor peace remains our goal, as always."

 

  • Number of Slot Machines

    Twin River: 4,500

    Plaindridge Park: 1,200

    Twin River has nearly four times the number of slot machines that Plainridge Park has available. 

     

     

    Photo courtesy of: Flickr/Raging Wire

     
  • Number of Table Games

    Twin River: 80

    Plaindridge Park: 50

    Twin River offers 30 more table options than Plainridge Park, including poker, blackjack, craps, and more.

     

     

    Photo courtesy of Flickr/Images Money

     
  • Payout Percentage

    Twin River: 90.845%

    Plaindridge Park: N/A

    The data for Plainridge Park will come out in the coming months, but Twin River's customers won back 90.845% of their money in May of 2015.

     

     

    Photo courtesy of Flickr/Jessie Hodge

     
  • Square Feet

    Twin River: 300,000

    Plaindridge Park: 106,000

    Twin River's facility is nearly triple the size of Plainridge Park's and neither is limited to gambling areas.

    The former has an event center, a cigar bar, and more. The latter has several restaurants and a horse track.

     
  • Number of Hotel Rooms

    Twin River: None

    Plaindridge Park: None

    Neither Twin River or Plainridge Park currently offer hotel accomodations for their customers. Instead, they suggest to search for nearby options. 

    However, plans to build a hotel at Twin River were approved in March of 2015 by the RI House of Representatives. A date for when construction would be finalized has not been announced. 

     
  • Number of Restaurants

    Twin River: 2

    Plaindridge Park: 2

    While both facilties offer food court options, each has two prominent dining locations.

    Doug Flutie's Sports Pub is the featured option at Plainridge Park, while Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse is a Twin River staple. 

     
  • Year Established

    Twin River: 2007

    Plaindridge Park: 2015

    Twin River's grounds were first established when Lincoln Downs was built in 1947. It officially became known as Twin River Casino in March of 2007.

    The casino at Plainridge Park has just been finalized, but the facility first opened in 1999 as a racetrack.

     
  • Concerts

    Twin River: Twin River Event Center

    Plaindridge Park: Revolution 1776 Lounge

    Twin River's 29,000 square foot venue will play host to Whitesnake on July 24 and Boz Scaggs on August 1. 

    The Revolution 1776 Lounge will welcome Thirty 6 Red on June 25, Bon Jersey on June 27, and Shattered on June 28.

     
  • Hours of Operation

    Twin River: 24/7

    Plainridge Park: 24/7

    Both casinos are open all day all year long, providing customers with the opportunity to win money at any hour of the day.

     
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