Wynn employees bite the bullet 

Feb 17, 2009 5:03 PM
Gaming Insider by Phil Hevener |

When times get tough they can really get tough. Just ask many of the nearly 2,000 "steady extras" who were benefiting from work schedules that kept them fairly busy at the Encore and Wynn properties until the end of January.

That’s when Steve Wynn told the world he was implementing "efficiencies" calculated to add perhaps $75 million a year to the bottom line. The changes affecting fulltime wage earners involved, among other things, reducing their work schedules to 32 hours a week.

Wynn has said on more than one occasion that he does not believe in the notion of layoffs. They generate bad vibes, he has explained.

But the fact is, many of the steady extras are feeling like people without a job. A casino dealer who has worked steadily, as a "steady extra" since the opening of Encore, either in that casino or the adjacent Wynn, suddenly found nothing at all on his schedule.

"I know this business, I knew what I was getting into when I took the job, but I was thinking that if anyone could do well from day one with a new place it would be Steve. I never expected anything like this."

I’m guessing Wynn didn’t either.

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