MGM Springfield security staff voted against unionizing on Tuesday.
According to Kevin Frazier, a security guard at the casino, 115 employees voted not to join a union while 56 voted to join. According to Frazier, there will be no further efforts to vote on unionizing for a year.
MGM Springfield spokesman Saverio Mancini told 22News MGM had no comment regarding Tuesday night’s vote, but he did acknowledge the preliminary results reported by 22News. Saverio added that MGM was waiting seven days for the vote to be certified.
22News received further confirmation of the vote outcome from Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions Organizing Director Steve Maritas. The LEOSU was under consideration to represent the MGM security staffers had they voted to unionize.
Maritas said he intended to file objections to the vote outcome with the National Labor Relations Board. Maritas added that he would file his objections within seven days, in hopes of having a hearing scheduled and a delay of the certification of the election result.
In an emotional and quite personal 2-page letter to the casino’s security team, MGM President Michael Mathis had asked his employees to vote “no” on unionizing.
Nearly 200 of MGM Springfield’s security team finished voting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The team held two time-periods of voting to accommodate everyone’s schedule.
The security team is made up of former law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and military veterans. Supporters believe that unionizing will lead to higher pay, time-and-a-half for holidays and Sundays, and job security.
In a letter to staff on Monday, Mathis asked his security team to vote “no” on unionizing, so they can continue to work together to resolve the issue.
Mathis said, “Let’s tell this union to go away so we can continue to work on our issues…” and assured employees that his entire management team is committed to finding a resolution that is best for everyone.
Mathis’ full letter to the security team can be found below: