Fri Oct 26, 2012, 07:47 PM
WillyT (68,415 posts)
(Las Vegas Casino Mogul) Wynn - Employee Voter Guide Pressures Workers To Vote Right - HuffPo
Wynn Employee Voter Guide Pressures Workers To Vote Right
Nate C. Hindman & Christina Wilkie - HuffPo
Posted: 10/26/2012 8:38 am EDT Updated: 10/26/2012 3:16 pm EDT
Wynn Resorts, the third-largest casino operator in the U.S., recently mailed a "2012 General Election Voter Guide" to its 12,000 employees in Nevada. The bound booklet, obtained by The Huffington Post, identifies candidates whom the Las Vegas-based company supports, leading to what one worker described as a feeling of being pressured to vote for candidates favored by the boss. This pressure is compounded by the behavior of company CEO Steve Wynn, who has used corporate time and media to attack President Barack Obama's policies.
The 67-page booklet is titled "WE Vote," a reference to the Wynn Encore resort brand, and opens with a letter from President Marilyn Spiegel. The preferred candidates, she writes, "support policies that help promote a friendly business and living environment to Wynn Resorts, our approximately 12,000 employees, and the gaming industry as a whole."
The favored candidates for state and local offices are identified throughout the document with a Wynn logo. No federal candidate appears with a logo, but the CEO's rhetoric and the company PAC's donations exclusively to Republican candidates and the leadership PAC of powerful Nevada Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, offer their own clues.
Employment experts say that the Wynn voter guide represents an unprecedented level of organization and investment by a corporation seeking to push its employees to vote a certain way.
"We've never seen something like this before," said Deborah Weinstein, founding partner of Philadelphia's Weinstein Firm, a boutique law office that advises public companies on labor and employment issues. "It is certainly a post-Citizens United invention," the veteran lawyer said, referring to the landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision that greatly expanded the rights of corporations to engage in political speech and nullified certain employee protections against it.
Michael Johnson, CEO of the workplace compliance training firm Clear Law Institute in Arlington, Va., agreed, telling HuffPost that prior to this year, "I don't recall seeing companies suggest to their employees who they should vote for."
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Response to WillyT (Original post)
Fri Oct 26, 2012, 08:45 PM
No Vested Interest (2,835 posts)
2. Remember these guys after the election.
We have many choices in spending our vacation and leisure money.
It sure doesn't have to be in certain hotels and casinos in Las Vegas (or Macao).
Perhaps we ought to be visiting out National Parks for the few years.
Response to WillyT (Original post)
Fri Oct 26, 2012, 08:48 PM
KharmaTrain (31,706 posts)
3. It Will Be A Real Pleasure...
...to see Wynn and Adelman not only lose all their gambling (and Chinese) money backing Willard nationally but also lose Nevada as well. I had to chuckle seeing President Obama at the Bellagio...mobbed by the union workers who make Wynn and Adelman rich. Hopefully these workers will continue to give these greedy bastards the one finger salute on election day!