IBJNews

Indiana casino cuts 80 jobs, blames economy

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 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

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. This is still my favorite Mexican restaurant in town. What I do love about the new version is it is much quieter than the most recent version. TV's were off, the music wasn't too loud, and the wait staff were not hyperactive like they had been the past few times I had been there. I just wish they would bring back the MOLE for the enchiladas!

  2. Not a bad paper. There is a need for local community news and city government issues. Don't really need the owner's constant national political rants. We all know where they stand by now.

  3. What nice people. Menard should've known better than to team up with the guy who robbed and drove Conseco to ashes. I'm surprised Timothy Durham isn't involved in this.

  4. Hello, I am Maris Peters, currently living in Texas city, USA. I am a widow at the moment with three kids and i was stuck in a financial situation in August 2014 and i needed to refinance and pay my bills. I tried seeking loans from various loan Companies both private and corporate but never with success, and most banks declined my credit. But as God would have it, I was introduced to a Man of God a private loan lender who gave me a loan of $65,000USD and today am a business owner and my kids are doing well at the moment, if you must contact any firm or company with reference to securing a loan without collateral , no credit check, no co signer with just 2% interest rate and better repayment plans and schedule, please contact Mr William David. He doesn’t know that am doing this but am so happy now and i decided to let people know more about him and also i want God to bless him more.You can contact him through his email: Davidloanfirm@yahoo.com

  5. It is beyond me how anyone can think this was a "bad deal" for the state! If they could take the money back then, yes, but they can't! Protections were built in the agreement. Now, if they roll the roads up and take them away, I will agree that it was a bad deal. Otherwise, the only way to have paid for the infrastructure that was badly needed was for the state to issue bonds....that is a four letter synonym for debt folks!!

ADVERTISEMENT