Ameristar Casinos to lay off Missouri employees

Friday, November 14, 2008 | 4:30 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Ameristar Casinos Inc. is laying off workers at its St. Charles and Kansas City casinos as part of a national reduction in work force.

Rebecca Theim from Ameristar's corporate office in Las Vegas said workers were notified Friday. She said Ameristar tried various measures to avoid layoffs, but they weren't enough in the worsening economy.

Ameristar's casino and hotel in St. Charles will lose 6 percent of its staff. Its casino and hotel in Kansas City will lose nearly 5 percent. Workers were offered severance packages.

In addition, some other workers have until Nov. 21 to decide if they can stay with the company but work part-time.

Ameristar's staff nationwide is being reduced by 4.5 percent.

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Ray Shapiro November 14, 2008 | 4:58 p.m.

Well, there goes all that "extra" money for our kids' education. I hope every casino closes down and we go back to funding our children's education the "old fashioned way," with taxes from "legitimate" sources.

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Charles Dudley Jr November 14, 2008 | 6:36 p.m.

And all of those people who got duped into voting yes on Prop A.

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