The Facts about the Mountaineer Strike

The Facts about the Mountaineer Strike

There are 38 comments on the Earth Times story from Apr 2, 2008, titled The Facts about the Mountaineer Strike. In it, Earth Times reports that:

Workers at the Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in Chester, WV were forced to picket lines early Saturday morning because Mountaineer Gaming Company refuses to negotiate living wages or affordable health ... via Earth Times

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Lucky1

Lakewood, OH

#1 Apr 2, 2008
I agree with the strikers. They work long and hard and deserve a fair wage and benefits. Shame on Ted making all that money and being so cheap with his workers. I notice he mentioned "family" and the only family making good money is him and his son!!!!
ROSE CANTON OHIO

Lodi, OH

#2 Apr 3, 2008
I THINK THE WORKERS SHOULD GET FAIR COMPENSATION. I HAVE STAYED AWAY FROM THE CASINO AND WILL NOT CROSS A PICKET LINE. MY FATHER WAS A STEEL WORKER AND WOULD ROLL OVER IN HIS GRAVE IF I DID. BUT I AM MISSING TIMES I WOULD HAVE BEEN DOWN THERE, WAS AT WHEELING ON SATURDAY BUT IT'S NOT AS NICE AND NOW MY PLANS FOR TODAY ARE RUINED AS WELL, BUT AM NOT COSSING THAT LINE.
mountaineer striker

Morgantown, WV

#3 Apr 4, 2008
thank you everybody for the support. Hopefully we'll be back in soon, and you can come back.
Tips are Money too

AOL

#4 Apr 5, 2008
The thing is this....the strikers are making good tips but no one seems to mention that. When did employees ever get entitlement to share corporate gains. I have always said, If the job is unfair go somewhere else where it is fair. These jobs dont pay much because they dont require much skill. Now dont you wish you listened to mama and went to college?
daveczech

Chardon, OH

#5 Apr 5, 2008
I'd like everyone to make $25.00 an hour and have full benefits, but it won't happen. Will the union disclose HONEST income numbers from tips? I don't like the argument about what the management makes in comparison. No one makes their boss's wages. The workers deserve affordable healthcare, though. Why doesn't the W.V. lottery consider lessening their cut of profits? I'm not going but am not sure the union is 100% right.
jason

AOL

#6 Apr 5, 2008
I bet their tips add up to 25 an hour
who knows

AOL

#7 Apr 5, 2008
Mountaineer seems to powerful.........I cant see them giving in
AnotherMountaine erStriker

Ebensburg, PA

#8 Apr 5, 2008
Mr. Tips are Money Too..... I agree tips aren't being included, but they suck. Did you realize that now the tables are in, we have to claim our tips for the government. And even with claiming those, most still qualify for assistance. Not only that, there are many, many issues behind closed doors that aren't being put into the public eye. Have you tired to talk to any of us about why we are so upset??? Single parents get penalized for taking a day off work to take their children to the doctors and even the emergency room. UNCLE TED WANTS TO NEGOTIATE AS STATED BY HIM TO THE PAPERS BUT HE IS YET TO CALL THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIATOR. HE IS LYING TO THE PATRONS OF MTR THE SAME WAY HE LIES TO THE EMPLOYEES. And JASON..... no, our tips included do not add up to $25 hour. That would mean we were bringing in over $700 a week in tips. Believe me if we were, we wouldn't have as many issues. I am a single mom of a beautiful 20mo old little girl, and I am in college. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but please do no patronize us. You aren't in our shoes.
mountaineer striker

Morgantown, WV

#9 Apr 6, 2008
12 years ago tips were great, but every year they have went down hill. some days we are lucky to take home 10.00, and no we're not asking to make 25.00 an hour, all we want is a little more respect. Did you know Ted won't even give us sick days or personal days? If you work even 10 min. over they make you leave another day, god forbid they pay that overtime. Yes, Mountaineer is powerful, but it's about time somebody stands up to them, it's scary as hell, I love my job and don't want to leave but if it comes down to that so be it. one more thing, we can't even get supplies to do our jobs, We have to go out and buy are own stuff, like calculators, paper clips, envelopes, staplers. Did you know that one?
Tips are Money too

AOL

#10 Apr 6, 2008
I do believe when the tables came the focus changed..it seems they cut back on the help at the machines. If it makes you feel any better, I was at the casino last night and I thought it was not slow for the first Saturday of the month....so regardless of what Mountaineer says, some partons are listening. Why dont the other fellow employees respect your strike lines.It seems to me if you want to run an effective strike.. that is where your focus should be.
razzling

AOL

#11 Apr 6, 2008
when you are striking you dont want to keep people away..in fact you should want the place really busy,so you are missed. Yes, for awhile all the bosses will try their hardest to make it appear the place is running smooth but soon the facade will wear away when they realize they cant keep up with the pace
AnotherMountaine erStriker

Ebensburg, PA

#12 Apr 6, 2008
Actually a few of our fellow co-workers did in fact delare a sympathy strike, which was told by MTR that employees are able to do by law. Those employees are not longer employeed by MTR. They were put on investigative suspension and told they were being replaced.... Great company huh?
razzling

AOL

#13 Apr 6, 2008
Wow.....hopefully those employees will pursue the matter. Mountaineer is NOT above the law.
MTR STIKER

Coraopolis, PA

#14 Apr 6, 2008
Here is my opinion...MTR has a lot of money. As an employee, I do not feel that I should make my bosses salary~but this is not the case. There is a big pie to be shared and all that we are asking is that we get a bigger bite. MTR pays poverty wages and they have enough money to do better than that. And as for the comment about these jobs not requiring much skill....what you haven't thought about is the fact that the community had to vote on tables and video lottery to be approved in the area. Only residents of the county could participate in that vote and many people only voted yes because they were under the false impression that the MTR would create jobs and offer better pay to the employees who already worked there. So yes, video lottery and table gaming did create job opportunities in the area, but jobs that pay poverty wages. FYI...next time table gaming comes up for a county wide vote, if Ted does not start doing a better job for his employees, it will be voted DOWN. So, one last thing....think of the last time you went to MTR. If I waited on you, I'll bet you got a smile and frienly conversation if you left with nothing else at all. The ones of us who are on strike are the front lines of this company. We are who you see and for some of you, we are the reason you come back. If the company does well, and you know they do...even if they report quaterly losses (tha'ts because they are constanly spending money on other ventures ex. Presque Isle--don't forget, they just got underway and that is the only reason the company reported a loss last year...they spent a tremendous amount of money getting that place up and running...but don't worry, they will shortly see their gains from it in no time, but back to my
thought)if the company does well, don't you think they should give some of that back? Let's just cut through the chase...MTR has the attitude that whatever they keep from us~they get to keep for themselves....and that's just not fair. That's why we are doing what we are doing. For those of you who support us, I thank you. I do not know if we will win, but we are going to try. And if we go back in defeat, just know that whatever you see or read about MTR in the paper...do not think they are a good company. They are greedy, shady, and offer very little to their community. In my opinion, it is a shame. A shame for someone who has so much to give so little. No one is trying to get rich on this deal. We just want to be treated fairly and make a decent wage that you and I both know the company can afford to pay.
razzling

AOL

#15 Apr 6, 2008
I wish you all the best. I heard some of your own people already went back to work......is there any truth to that?
MTR STIKER

Coraopolis, PA

#16 Apr 6, 2008
razzling wrote:
I wish you all the best. I heard some of your own people already went back to work......is there any truth to that?
Yes, some have. The sad truth of the matter is that when you make poverty wages, the last thing you can do is afford to miss work. So, thanks for your support...I sort of see it as an Erin Brokovich kind of thing (hope you've seen the movie) It just reminds me of small people going up against a big time corporation kind of thing~although they got justice in the end. Don't know if we will or not, but if you should ever patronize the facility, always keep in mind that now you know how the place is really run.
mountaineer striker

Morgantown, WV

#17 Apr 6, 2008
Well it sounds like the union lost, not because of Mountaineer, but because of the workers that crossed the picket line and went back to work... We could have won if these people would of held out, hell most of them didn't even give it a chance. Only around 27 voted not to strike but a hell of alot more than that already went back, thanks to those ones for not even trying.. When I go back to work I don't want to hear how unhappy you are and the way things are there, because it's only your fault and we know which ones you are
razzling

AOL

#18 Apr 7, 2008
well dont be angry at the people that went back.I'm sure if they had a choice they wouldnt have.... but the light bill doesnt pay itself...
they should have never voted to strike tho, just to turn around and give in. They knew that voting to strike would mean sacrificiing.

mountaineer needs some good competition. I do believe in the end justice will prevail.
mountaineer striker

Morgantown, WV

#19 Apr 7, 2008
thank you
razzling

AOL

#20 Apr 7, 2008
well quit paying your union dues....apparently the union isnt doing you all a whole lot of good

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