Monday, September 1, 2014

News
Victoryland Employees Meet With Milton McGregor, Are Laid Off
By Ashley Thompson


Employees of Victoryland met with owner Milton Mcgregor to discuss the state of their employment and the future of the casino.

The entrance is still blocked, no longer by orange barricades but now with a few Victoryland shuttles and law enforcement vehicles. But a few people were let on the grounds today. That's because Victoryland owner Milton Mcgregor held a meeting with employees to discuss their future with the entertainment center. We caught up with the casino's general manager Jim Gartland just minutes before the meeting was supposed to begin.

"Obviously the gaming operations have seized," says Gartland. "That's pretty obvious and so there's going to be people losing their jobs. At least, getting laid off."

As we waited out front for the meeting to end, we saw plenty of Georgia tourists pulling up, obviously unaware that the Casino had been raided just days ago. One by one, their cars turned around at the sight of the blockade. Corey Bobby says this was his first time making the trip to shorter Alabama and was hoping to have a little fun at Victoryland.

"I was pretty upset," he says after realizing it was closed. He says when he approached the blockade, he was told by a guard that "something bad happened." 

Tabatha Howard worked at Victoryland and says employees were told they were laid off...for now. She was understandably upset at the news.

"I've got a car note, I've got a mortgage, I've got kids to take care of and I can't make it off no unemployment," she says.

And others were worried about finding employment elsewhere.

"It's not like in Macon County, you can just say well Victoryland is closed -I'm going to run over here across the street and find another job. It's not like that. There are no jobs!" says former employee Erma Kennedy.

We're told Milton Mcgregor did speak to the employees at the meeting and offered words of encouragement.

"We were talking about that in there. It's like, that's why people think Alabama don't even have the internet," says one employee. "He's not giving up. The fight has just begun. If we have to go all the way to the Federal Supreme Court, we'll do it."

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford says going to federal court is indeed the next step.

"We are going to court," he tells us. "That's our only salvation. We are going to the United States Federal District Court."