Twin River Casino workers to walk out on 2-day strike

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) – Over 300 Twin River workers will walk off the job for a two-day strike beginning Friday at 4 a.m.

Casino food and beverage workers who are members of the UNITE HERE local 26 union voted overwhelmingly Thursday to authorize the strike.

Many workers say they are fighting for improvements to their health insurance, which they claim was dramatically cut on January 1, despite years of growing casino revenue.

Twin River spokesperson Patti Doyle responded, saying “We have prepared for this eventuality and expect no interruption in the food, beverage and gaming service we intend to provide our customers this weekend. That said, we also have placed ads in local publications for positions in our food and beverage departments. We have immediate openings, and offer highly competitive wages and benefits.”

Workers are also demanding that family healthcare be made more affordable along with reasonable raises.

It’s the first strike of UNITE HERE members in Rhode Island since 1980.