New Casino Wants To Replace Workers With Automated Drink Dispensers

One of the richest casino companies wants to squeeze a few more dollars at the expense of bartenders and others who serve drinks.

The Hartford Courant reports:

“Wynn Resorts is in the process of ‘rightsizing’ operations at Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion casino that opened just six months ago but has so far fallen short of revenue projections, a company official said Thursday.

Eric Kraus, the casino’s senior vice president of communications, told the state’s Gaming Commission that one change the casino is pursuing is using automated drink dispensers, a move that he said would speed up drink service for gamblers but also replace an undetermined number of ‘back of the house’ bartenders and other staff.

Kraus stressed the company hasn’t laid off any workers and disputed local news reports that dozens of workers have been already been notified they’re out of a job.

He said the company isn’t able to estimate yet how many positions would be eliminated and that it will be working to place as many impacted workers as possible into other positions.

Kraus said the company currently has more than 80 job openings and that the automated beverage machines, which are used at other Massachusetts casinos, still require state approval.

The waterfront hotel, casino and entertainment complex in Everett employs 4,485 workers, the company said.”

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