Union to Vote on Revised Insurance Proposal at Casino


Union workers at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Nitro plan to vote this week on a revised health insurance proposal.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that during talks Tuesday with the United Steelworkers Local 14614-F9, casino management agreed to remove contract language that would have allowed future policy changes in the workers’ health insurance.

Union staff representative Heather Anderson says the casino remained firm on reducing its contributions to employee health care coverage costs to 75 percent, down from the current 90 percent. The union sought an 80 percent coverage rate.

Anderson says the modified proposal will be up for a union vote on Friday.

Last week the union rejected the resort’s previous insurance offer and authorized a strike.

The union represents about 350 Mardi Gras employees.