The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on July 1 charged Twin River Casino with illegally withholding records of crimes committed against patrons, vendors and other guests at the Lincoln, Rhode Island casino. A trial on the charges is scheduled for October 29, 2019.
On March 21, 2019, SEIU Local 334, the Union representing clerks, cashiers, money room, sportsbook and other Casino employees, requested a list of break-ins, assaults, burglaries and other criminal conduct occurring over the past three years at the Twin River, including the nature and specific location of each incident. The Union sought the information during contract negotiations to evaluate worker safety at the sprawling facility and adjacent parking lots. Twin River has acknowledged numerous incidents but is refusing to provide any details, except when the incidents involve employees.
“Criminals at the casino don’t ask for Twin River ID’s before they commit a crime,” said Mutuel Clerk and Union President Joe Marciano. “We’ve had assaults, firearm threats, vandalism and theft in the parking lots and even on the casino floor. There have been dozens of incidents over the past three years. It’s time for Twin River to take employee and guest safety seriously.”
“My shift ends at 2 or 3 in the morning,” said Gloria Fitzpatrick, a Validator and Union Business Manager. “I can’t be walking through the parking lots alone at that hour with what’s been going on. We need to know what areas are most unsafe and why, and then we need to do something.”
The NLRB also charges that Twin River refuses to provide communications with the Union pension plan or details about whether it has received counterfeit tickets or money, even though employees can be disciplined over such incidents.