Mohegan Sun reaches labor pact with unions
BOSTON (AP) — Mohegan Sun has reached agreements with two labor groups to hire union carpenters and tradesmen should it win approval to build a casino in Revere.
The company also said Sunday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with several other Boston unions to allow for unionization of the casino’s permanent workforce.
Mohegan Sun is vying for the state’s only gambling license in the Boston area. Company executives have proposed a $1.3 billion resort on about 42 acres of land owned by Suffolk Downs horse track in Revere.
“A Mohegan Sun resort casino in Revere will bring thousands of good union jobs and a boost in economic development and tourism to the area,” Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, said in a statement to The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1iJ7UZt ).
A Revere casino, including hotels and restaurants, would create 2,500 construction jobs, officials said.
Mark Erlich, executive secretary-treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, said he is confident the compact will open positions for local workers.
“With the unemployment rate of skilled trades still high, families are struggling and a potential project of this size is critical to getting people back to work,” he said in a statement.
Revere residents will vote on a referendum regarding the casino Feb. 25.
The Mohegan Sun proposal is competing with a proposal for a casino in Everett by Wynn Resorts for the sole casino license in the Boston area.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com