MGM Springfield security staff to consider unionizing

Hampden County
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Members of MGM Springfield’s security team are unhappy with their treatment at the casino.

Kevin Frazier, a security guard, and former Connecticut corrections officer told 22News he’s earning less than he was led to expect.

MGM’s security team is made up of dozens of former law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and military veterans.

“Their policy, MGM’s policy, [is that] unless you’re a part of a bargaining agreement… then they can fire you anytime, for any reason, with or without notice,” Frazier explained.

Frazier told 22News he hopes that unionizing will lead to an increase in pay, time-and-a-half for holidays and Sundays, and—most importantly—job security.

MGM Springfield President and COO told sent 22News this statement:

“We believe in the right to join or refrain from joining a union. We are proud of the partnerships we have forged, continuously leveraging our relationships with community-based organizations to promote and assist with job placement and workforce development. It is important for employees to make an informed decision, based on factual information, exercising their right in a secret ballot election.”

They are currently in talks with the Law Enforcement Officers Security Union for representation.

To accommodate employee schedules, members of the security team are holding two meetings to vote on whether they should be unionized.

In a letter to the staff on Monday, Mathis asked the security team to vote “no” on unionizing so they can continue to work on the issues.

Full letter to security team below:

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