The IBEW Local 103 union on Thursday said it has signed on 127 technical and maintenance workers at the Encore Boston Harbor casino, and will begin negotiating with management for a labor contract.
The employees include technicians working on slot machines and audiovisual equipment, electricians, and dispatchers at the massive facility’s fire control center. The union, which is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said the workers voted to join during an August election in which 95 percent were in favor of unionizing.
Lou Antonellis, business manager and financial secretary for the Dorchester-based IBEW Local 103, said in an interview that it is important to develop a union presence at Encore.
The casino industry has created thousands of new jobs as it has gotten up and running in Massachusetts in recent years, though payrolls have been cut because of the pandemic, which forced the state’s gaming facilities to