Union workers from Encore Boston Harbor voted to strike this week as they continue fighting for a new contract.
Roughly 98% of the 1,400 workers who are members of Unite Here Local 26 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25 voted in favor of the strike, which will commence at midnight on Saturday, June 30.
Encore Boston Harbor union workers’ strike begins next week
In a statement reported by 7 News Boston, Local 26 President Carlos Aramayo said:
“Going on strike is not easy for anyone, but the workers have spoken and they are united. They want a better future for themselves, for their families, and for each other. They are not asking for anything outrageous; they simply want Encore Boston Harbor to be the best place to work in Everett. They are ready to do what it takes to win that Five-Star contract.”
Efforts to negotiate a new union contract began on March 9 and ramped up once Encore announced expansion plans. Encore said it wants to erect a new facility across Broadway Avenue, adding several amenities, including parking, dining options and a theater.
However, the local unions have continued expressing discomfort with the new project. In a joint statement, the unions said:
“Encore Boston Harbor, operated by Wynn Resorts, is a Forbes Five-Star luxury property that promised to bring good-paying jobs to the residents of Everett and surrounding towns. In 2022, EBH had the second-highest revenue among casinos outside of Nevada.
Workers’ wages and benefits, however, have not kept up with the increased cost of living in greater Boston. Workers are seeking a Five-Star contract that aligns with EBH’s profitability and its Five-Star rating.”
The latest revenue report from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission shows Encore reported $62.5 million in gross casino revenue in May.
Other unions show support for the strike
Both unions are comprised of room attendants, cocktail servers, bar porters, cooks, dishwashers, public area cleaners, and drivers.
According to a WCVB-5 post, delivery drivers who are members of Teamsters Local 25 have pledged not to cross the picket line to deliver licensed liquor, food and other essential items to the casino.
The unions said picket lines would be ongoing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.