Updated: November 9, 2012 2:26PM
GARY, Ind. — A northwestern Indiana casino is blaming the economy and increased competition for its decision to lay off about 80 workers.
A spokeswoman for Majestic Star Casino and Hotel in Gary says the job cuts will leave it with about 1,300 employees.
The union that represents the workers tells the Post-Tribune that the workers didn’t receive advance notice and some had worked at Majestic Star for as long as 16 years.
Unite Here Local 1 spokeswoman Carley Karmel says the union is worried about additional layoffs by the ownership that last year took over the casino along Lake Michigan after its previous owner went through bankruptcy.