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Indiana casino cuts 80 jobs, blames economy

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A northwestern Indiana casino is blaming the economy and increased competition for its decision to lay off about 80 workers.

A spokeswoman for Majestic Star Casino and Hotel in Gary said the job cuts will leave it with about 1,300 employees.

The union that represents the workers told the Post-Tribune that the workers didn't receive advance notice and some had worked at Majestic Star for as long as 16 years.

Unite Here Local 1 spokeswoman Carley Karmel said the union is worried about additional layoffs by the ownership that last year took over the casino along Lake Michigan after its previous owner went through bankruptcy.

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  • wasted money
    Im so tired of hearing these company's blaming the economy for lay offs. What they need to do is reduce their wasted spending money like personal items. trips. Exses spending. Loose some top lazy employees. Reduce their pay for doing almost nothing. Its the common employees who does the work and keep things flowing. The economy is not as bad as the government says or people wouldn't be golfing. Casino. Driving unless they need to. Speeding. Bingo. Etc... Companies just don't realize where to use their money. In some cases lowing prices of anything they sale which would mean more buyers more production. Take Apple for one the company is worth a lot but they pay their employees in China to make their products pennys and work them hard while they are wasting money In law suits. Where does Apples revenue go. ? To the next "i" product.? Lavish spending? Why not give your workers more pay so they can afford their product or live.
  • WASTE MONEY??
    @SALLY how is gambling wasting money any more than playing golf, going to athletic events like Colts or Pacers. Whatever your hobby or enjoy its your decision. who are you to tell people how to spend their money. what an ignorant comment! if someone enjoys slot machines they have that right to play them, no different than spending money at a bar to drink, or buying new shoes cause it makes you feel good. Luckily America had leaders that chose freedom over controlling people like you suggest.
  • People should not waste their money anyway.
    It is beyond me how people can justify wasting their money at casinos. If you don't need the money-----------there are always charities that can use it.
  • Another Example...
    The Union is worried about MORE layoffs? What about the ones that just happened? And what are they doing about any of this? Of course, union bosses like Trumpka and Hoffa assure all of us that without unions there would be no such thing as job security and the evil rich white men would do whatever they wanted. This is just another example of why unions have become startlingly irrelevant. Dues paying members are getting gyped. What good did these folks get from paying union dues? Now they're out their money AND out of work.
  • Uh Oh
    Oh Gee, that means shawty's taxes will have to go up because the states revenue will drop off from fewer tax receipts coming from casinos and fewer employees paying state taxes and more money going out of the state coffers for unemployment.
  • really
    oh gee that means people r not gambeling as much....boo hoo

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