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Union asserts Constitution allows it to 'shame' Ameristar patrons amid labor dispute with E. Chicago casino
A union representing about 200 casino employees filed a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought against it by the East Chicago casino and some patrons, arguing that behavior the plaintiffs deemed harassing is constitutionally protected free speech.
A federal judge has cleared an East Chicago casino and a group of its customers to proceed with a lawsuit against a union, saying the union’s actions to escalate its long running labor feud with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and visits to their homes and businesses, could be considered illegal harassment going beyond mere “handbilling” and other forms of permissible persuasive speech.
An administrator and part owner at an Evanston mental illness treatment center has sued a labor union, accusing the labor group of unfairly harassing him and invading his privacy as part of the union’s ongoing dispute with an Indiana casino.
Indiana’s Ameristar Casino and a group of the casino’s patrons have sued a local union, claiming the labor group has gone too far in its dispute with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and other messages to pressure them to join the union’s boycott of the casino. On May 19, Ameristar Casino East Chicago filed suit in Chicago federal court against Chicago-based labor union Unite Here Local 1.