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Argosy Casino in Sioux City issues WARN letter to their employees

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UPDATED, 6:00 p.m., April 30, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Employees at Sioux City's Argosy Casino got some expected, but not necessarily welcome, news Wednesday.

Each employee received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, letter from the riverboat's owner, Belle of Sioux City.  The letter told employees the Argosy will close on July 1st.

A spokesperson for Penn National Gaming says the letter is in compliance with a federal labor law that requires notice 60 days when an employer lays off more than 100 employees.

Even though it's been almost 2 weeks since the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's decision to shut the Argosy down, the news isn't any easier to swallow.

Argosy employees say that dealing with the IRGC's decision has been tough for employees and even the customers that work at and attend the casino.

But in terms of business, nothing has really changed since the decision was announced.

Still, it's not easy for those now left wondering what's next for them and their families as the Argosy sits just 62 days away from closing its doors for good.

A Penn spokesperson the WARN letter doesn't change any plans to continue the legal challenges of the IRGC's decision.

But, Argosy officials say that as the process of closing continues to unfold, it is comforting to know that Penn National is sticking by the Argosy and is willing to continue to fight to keep its doors open.

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -The Belle of Sioux City, the owner of Sioux City's Argosy Casino, issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN letter to over 300 of their employees Wednesday morning.

The notice is required by employers that have over 100 or more employees.

In the letter, the Belle said it has requested a re-hearing from the Commission after the denial of the Belle's renewal of its operating license and the order to close the facility by July 1, 2014.

"Argosy Sioux City regretfully provided the attached WARN notice to the employees of the Argosy Sioux City today; in compliance with federal labor law that requires a 60 day notification of a large layoff. This WARN notice has been supplied to each of our employees following the April 17th IRGC decision to shut the Argosy's doors on July 1, 2014 following over 20 years of operations in Sioux City. The issuance of this letter does not indicate any change in plans to continue the legal challenges the Argosy has brought against its QSO partner, MRHD, and the IRGC itself. The legal challenges will continue and we remain confident in our legal standing on all matters related to our license," Karen Bailey, spokesperson for Penn National Gaming said.

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