Skyline of Richmond, Virginia

Sands guards union files additional labor complaints


JANUARY 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Sands guards union files additional labor complaints


LEHIGH VALLEY, December 22nd- The Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association (LEEBA) Union, which represents security officers employed at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, filed at least two more labor complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia alleging the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct), the newspaper has discovered.

The Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association of Catskills, New York, on July 21st won the right to represent all security officers of the casino for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The NLRB conducted a representation election on July 21st and the approximately 92 eligible to vote employees voted 51 to 35 to be represented by the union.

During the past four months the union or members of the LEEBA have filed at least seven Unfair Labor Practice’s (ULP’s) against the employer.

The newspaper discovered the Unfair Labor Practice’s (ULP’s) while reviewing labor complaints and petitions filed at the NLRB. The Union News is the only member of the local media that reviews the information.

The newspaper previously reported that Sands Casino employee, George Bonser of Birch Street in Easton, filed three ULP’s against the casino operators. Mr. Bonser is a security officer at Sands.

All three ULP’s were filed with the NLRB by Mr. Bonser on September 8th.

Mr. Bonser alleged on a complaint he received a three days suspension for a company policy violation. However, the facts the company provided on the policy conflicts with the written statement he gave to the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission Board (PGCB). The three day suspension is not consistent with other punishments given to other security officers for similiar incidents.

He also alleged that a change in policy by the Sands Casino Resort employee handbook was made to start on August 1st, 2011. This change will offer more monetary value to the overtime worked. This change was made available to all hourly employees of the casino with the exception of the security officers, the only unionized workers, states the ULP.

On November 18th, 2011, Peter Luck, identified on the complaint’s as the LEEBA Membership Coordinator, filed two ULP’s against Sands alleging the gambling casino violated the NLRAct.

“Officer Manar Makhoul on July 30th, 2011 following the election and victory by Sands security guards, was disciplined for allowing a patron under 21 to enter the Casino floor, an incident that took place two weeks before the election. Following the write-up Officer Makhoul was scheduled two meetings with Barry Wade for remedial re-training regarding patrons under 21. Sands Casino never held the scheduled meetings with Officer Makhoul,” states one of the latest ULP’s filed.

The complaint states Mr. Makhoul was later terminated and was denied the requested peer-review, which is clearly defined in the Sands employees handbook.

Mr. Makhoul alleges he was terminated for retaliation for being associated with the union considering that Sands policy is to not check every patron, but only individuals entering Sands they believe to be under 30.

The second ULP filed on November 18th, alleges that Sands violated the NLRAct by hiring approximately 12 security guards for the expansion of the shopping mall area without making them members of the bargaining unit. The union contends the only security allowed to function and operate inside the Sands Casino prior to the union election were current LEEBA members.

No comments so far

Leave a comment
Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>


(required but not displayed)