Chicago Aldermen Tell Casino Bidders: This Is a Union Town

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City council wants casino bidders to reach deal with labor.

June 13, 2022
Shruti Singh - Bloomberg

Several Chicago aldermen on Monday sent gaming companies that are bidding on building the city’s first casino a message: this is a union town.

During a special casino committee of the city council hearing on Monday, the aldermen expressed concerns that the three bidders -- Bally’s Corp., Hard Rock International and Rush Street Gaming -- that are seeking to construct and operate a gaming and entertainment complex don’t have a deal with local labor groups. Chicago Chief Financial Officer Jennie Bennett said during the hearing that a deal with labor was part of the requirements laid out in the city’s request for proposals.

None of the three bidders have committed to labor standards, and moving forward without an agreement on items such as a living wage “is a slap in the face,” Robert Reiter Jr., president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, said during the public testimony portion of the meeting. The federation represents 300 affiliated unions and their half a million members.


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