just letting off some frustrations

Kirbyfan34

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So I have been furloughed since Saint Patrick's Day when the casino I work at shutdown due to the Pandemic, and SE Wisconsin was hit pretty hard. Figured that it would be a month or two, but as the spring turned into summer and now we are half way through July, I have been getting antsy to get back at it. We reopened in June, with limited capacity and limited staff/management returning. My boss has kept the management team informed to the best of her knowledge. She even texted us at the beginning of this week stating that our ops mgr and F&B mgr would pitch it to the elders to bring the shift managers (me and 3 others in our dept) back as the capacity had been increased for the second time in 2 weeks.

Yesterday I got a message from the Emergency Alert system they use. Fully expecting to hear "please check website for updates" which it did, but when I went to our intranet site, I was informed that as of Aug 15th, myself and 1700 other employees would be permanently laid off.

Now I get that as a Casino, we are the furthest thing from essential that you can be, BUT.. if there was even an inkling that this could happen they should have been upfront with us. Instead we got smoke blown up our a**&* and "be prepared to come back"

Been there 7 years (8 on Sept 9) started as a bartender and promoted twice in that time (about once every two and a half years) to all of a sudden nothing. The company stated that we are "welcome to reapply" once they return to capacity, but it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Thanks for listening.
 

Boots

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Sounds pretty disingenuous of them to indicate you'd be coming back and then give you the pink slip. If you are unionized, what have they done for you, either in finding out what's going on or trying to protect you?
That being said, it's still pretty poor.
Frank
 

Kirbyfan34

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Sounds pretty disingenuous of them to indicate you'd be coming back and then give you the pink slip. If you are unionized, what have they done for you, either in finding out what's going on or trying to protect you?
That being said, it's still pretty poor.
Frank

No, unfortunately we are not unionized. It just seemed so random and out of the blue. Also there is another thing in play here, I think as the tribe has a casino in Milwaukee and one in Carter (way up in Northern WI). The one in Milwaukee really has no competition. The closest ones in Chicago, Madison, Green Bay or the Dells. The Carter one has Green Bay and the UP in Michigan, so if one of the 1700 laid off wanted to still work in a casino environment they are looking at relocation. So it's possible that once things return to "normal" they will assume most everyone will want their job back, and return. My last year as a bartender I made around 35k (after taxes) once promoted I got 20 grand in raises and salary adjustments based on other casino's in the midwest. Some people are thinking that they did this to hire people back at a reduced rate, but since my boss said she was committed to bringing the management team back, there is no way I will accept less than what I was making.


As I was telling people that I could see myself retiring from there in 20 or so years, but now looking at starting over somewhere else. I know everything happens for a reason, but right now it's hard to see that reason. Should I go back to school, should I look for more management jobs in F&B? Just don't know at this point...
 
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