A Hilton pit boss and his wife are suing the United Auto Workers (UAW) for $100 million, claiming the union harassed them during an organizing drive at the casino last spring.
Wayne Chiw says the Hilton Casino Resort asked him in January to talk to employees at the Hilton and its sister company, Resorts Atlantic City, to discourage Chinese and other Asian-American dealers from joining the union. Comprising roughly a third of the dealers at the Hilton, Asian-Americans were considered a “swing” vote in the election.
Chiw was persuasive, he says in his lawsuit, convincing dozens of dealers to revoke authorization cards they had signed in favor of the union. In May, casino workers rejected UAW representation by a 316-268 vote.
Chiw said the union responded by smearing his reputation and harassing him and his wife. One pro-union Hilton supervisor accused Chiw of threatening to have dealers deported if they voted to unionize, the lawsuit claims. Others accused Chiw of accepting bonuses from the Hilton if the unionization failed. As a result, Chiw says he and his wife endured severe mental distress, forcing Chiw to seek counseling, take antidepressants and ultimately go on temporary medical leave.