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Encore Boston Harbor Workers to Join IBEW Local 103

IBEW Local 103 members (l-r): Rob Van Horn, steward; Rich Antonellis, business agent; Chris Sheehan, steward; and Renee Dozier, electrician

Everett, MA –  Recently, 127 technical and maintenance workers at Encore Boston Harbor have voted to become members of IBEW Local 103.

Encore Boston Harbor reopened its doors on June 12 after closing in April due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions. While shuttered, the casino implemented several new policies, including new social distancing rules and plexiglass dividers, to reduce the ability of the virus to spread indoors.

As part of Massachusetts’ Phase 3 reopening plan, casinos such as Encore were permitted to reopen if they adhered to specific guidelines detailed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Some of the job titles at the casino that participated in the vote include slot machine technicians, A/V technicians, electricians and Fire Control Center dispatchers. The vote was 95% yes in favor of forming the union.

The vast majority of the workers participating in the election will be members of IBEW Local 103. A limited number of workers will become members of other specialty trade unions. However, all of the workers will negotiate together under one contract, and as part of one bargaining unit within the casino. Workers will gain access to a range of training opportunities, courses, and professional advancement opportunities available through the unions.