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Harrah’s announces consolidation figures

Susan Wood

It’s been a month since the merger of Harrah’s Entertainment and Harveys Casino Resort. A few departments have merged and 57 employees laid off, the company announced. Sixteen of these staffers were managers.

Many found other jobs, Harrah’s spokesman John Packer said.

The casino company will operate with the Harveys racing sportsbook, closing its Harrah’s sportsbook gaming section.

The transportation departments in the two casinos combined, resulting in the scaling back of staffers and schedule. The shuttle can be reached at 775-588-RIDE.

Desk clerks at four out of five South Lake Tahoe resorts served by the casino shuttle said they’ve noticed no disruption of service.

Packer said there are no current plans to close any consumer restaurants at either casino. Harveys employee cafeteria has shut down and its hot food service will merge with the Harrah’s location.

More changes are expected in the coming weeks, as consolidation continues and more departments are evaluated. This may mean the loss of more jobs, as other positions open up. Harrah’s has recently opened up 95 full- or part-time positions.

This teeter-totter shift in opportunities represents an adjustment period for the gaming company trying to efficiently see how to serve their customers, find spots for their employees and watch the bottom line.

“Although it’s difficult through the consolidation process, in the long-term, because of the consolidation, there are going to be more opportunities,” Packer said. “The whole idea of this merger was to grow the business.”

The casino company has brought in an outplacement service to help the displaced workers find jobs. Right Management Consulting based in Seattle will help the terminated employees develop new resumes.

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