On Aug. 16, an arbiter certified election results allowing employees at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland to collectively bargain under the banner of the Cleveland Casino Workers Council. The group is actually an alliance of four unions that already represent casino workers in other states.
The collective bargaining unit will represent the 1,050 employees who work at the casino. Similar efforts are under way for the Horseshoe Casino Toledo. Casinoin Cleveland has not opposed the organizing effort.
Note: Unionization rarely goes this smoothly, and there still may be bumps in the road as the Horseshoe employees organize. However, the lack of resistance from the casino has certainly eased the path. Although, it may seem counterintuitive, employers can actually benefit from collective bargaining agreements, especially when one negotiation covers several groups of employees.