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On Tuesday November 27th the casino security officers working at MGM Springfield in Massachusetts will have an opportunity to have their voices heard when on this day they will be voting on whether or not to be represented by the MGM Springfield Casino Law Enforcement Officers Security Union, LEOSU, for the purposes of collective bargaining.
Presently many of the MGM Springfield casino employees have already sought unionization and are presently represented by other national and local unions based on a neutrality agreement.
When an employer signs a neutrality agreement it agrees to allow its employees to unionize without any interference from the company. Meaning it stays neutral and allows it’s employees to decide for themselves on whether or not to unionize.
Once the majority of employees signup to unionize the union then requests the employer to voluntarily recognize its employees right to join a union by requesting a card check which is verified by an independent party, thus bypassing an NLRB election.
While MGM Springfield has allowed most of its employees to unionize under a neutrality agreement the same cannot be said for casino security officers. In this case MGM has decided to fight and has refused to RESPECT its casino security officers rights to unionize. MGM has even gone to the extreme by hiring a third party Union-Busting consulting firm whose sole purpose is to defeat these casino security officers from forming a union.
In MGM Springfield’s attempt to gain 100% control again they have hired the Union-Busting consulting firm of GOVERNMENT RESOURCES CONSULTANTS OF AMERICA a Chicago based firm.
GOVERNMENT RESOURCES is known as one of the top and most expensive Union-busting firms in the United States today. Leading the charge behind this Anti-Union Busting campaign is James Jay Levyne who has over 20 years’ experience in persuader activities. He has participated in a number of Union-Busting campaigns at various casinos including the Belligio Hotel & Casino, whereby he was paid over three hundred thousand dollars for this particular Union-busting campaign, according to government records.
It should also be noted that Union-Busting is a billion dollar industry and is the weapon of choice when companies wish to remain Union free. During one Union-Busting campaign at MGM Mirage the casino paid out over One Million seven hundred thousand dollars according to government documents filed with the Department of Labor.
Based on the activity so far, this MGM Springfield Union-Busting campaign is expected to run between $500,000 to one Million dollars as more Union-Busting persuaders are appearing each day.
LEOSU Organizing Director Steve Maritas has noted, ironically MGM management has hired the best Union-Busting consulting firm in the business to represent managements interests, then they tell their employees they don’t need a union to represent their interests. This is Hypocrisy at its best.
While MGM pretends to have the casino security officers best interest at heart, the truth of the matter is, management is not concerned about workers’ rights but intern they are more concern with keeping 100% control of their business to do whatever they want, whenever they want, at all costs.
This is Union-Busting at its best.
Martin Jay Levitt author of Confession of a union buster defines Union-Busting as a practice that is undertaken by an employer or their agents to prevent employees from joining a union or to disempower, subvert or destroy unions that already exist
Union busting is a field populated by bullies and built on deceit. A campaign against a union is an assault on individuals and a war on truth. As such, it is a war without honor. The only way to bust a union is to lie, distort, manipulate, threaten, and always, always attack. said Maritas
Union Busting is nothing more than psychological warfare.
Psychological warfare is defined as the planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes and behavior of hostile groups which are MGM union supporters in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives which is the company.
MGM is known for its anti-union stance when it comes to security officers due to the fact that under the gaming commission rules and regulations, a casino cannot open if casino security officers should decide to call off sick or walk off the job. MGM knows this and fears this type of power.
Several MGM Casino security officers who wish to remain anonymous noted that the lack of trust, broken promises, the lack of job security and RESPECT had motivated them to seek union representation. They noted when they were hired the officers were promised $18 an hour after 90 days, but now only receive $16 an hour. MGM management outright lied to us. They broke their promises and our trust.
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