Resorts World Casino Fires Almost 200 Employees
Roughly 175 employees from Resorts World Casino in New York City have lost their jobs. The redundancies came just a few months after the employee’s union successfully negotiated a large raise for them.
A spokesperson from Genting Group, the owner of the casino, said that the employees were let go because the buffet where they worked had stopped being a profitable part of the business.The spokesperson said, “If we allowed it to remain open, it would have ultimately had a negative impact. If that’s consistently losing money then it becomes a drain on other parts of the business, and then it becomes harder to sustain a business that you certainly want and the community wants to survive.”
The group’s decision has been heavily criticized by union representatives and a number of politicians. It has been pointed out that the casino made $696.5 million in revenues last year and is the country’s highest-grossing slot parlor. Many believe that Genting could easily have afforded to keep the buffet operational.
A spokesman for the New York Hotel Trades Council union, John Turchiano, said, “I’m very upset about this. We are doing everything possible to assist these workers right now. “