Union parking valets at Twin River Casino officially begin strike

Twin River employees strike on 6/9/17 (WPRI photo)

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Union parking valets at the Twin River Casino in Rhode Island have officially gone on strike after failing to reach an agreement with casino management.

Patti Doyle, a spokesperson for Twin River Casino, said workers with the union went on strike Friday at noon. Union officials said the strike centers on the casino’s plan to lay off the valets and replace them with the work of a private contractor.

The Providence Journal had previously reported that the strike was scheduled to start at 3 p.m., just hours before a performance at the casino by American guitarist and singer William Royce “Boz” Scaggs.

Doyle said that negotiations are ongoing.

“We will of course continue to negotiate in good faith with the union that represents our valet parking attendants in a sincere effort to explore if a viable agreement can be reached,” Doyle said.

“That said, because guest satisfaction is of paramount concern to us, we have made alternative arrangements to continue providing valet parking services to our guests during the work stoppage,” she said.

Earlier in the week, union Secretary-Treasurer Matt Taibi said the valets are “not going to fold.”
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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com