The two Atlantic City casinos that failed to reach an agreement with their employees are facing strike action. The casinos have time until July 30 to sign new labor contracts with their unionized workforce who plan to stage strikes at the beginning of August.
There was overwhelming support for the strike action
The most prominent Atlantic City casino employees union, Unite Here Local 54, has announced that 97% of its members that are employed at the Resorts Casino Hotel and the Golden Nugget have supported the proposal for industrial action in case no agreement on new labor contracts is reached between the casino operators and the union before
A bartender at Golden Nugget remarked that they just want what workers at the other casinos in the city are getting. We are not asking for more or less than that.
Seven casinos in Atlantic City have signed labor agreements with their workers. The Hard Rock Casino joined as well after agreements were reached with MGM Resorts and others. Ocean and Balley’s contracts came into force retroactively from June 1.
The Golden Nugget and 1000 Resorts Casino Hotel do not have a new labor contract. They demanded the same things as the rest of the casino workers: increased pay, better standards for their workload, and additional protection for their jobs.
The negotiations between the casino operators and the unions started in May
The unions started negotiating with employers after the casino employees’ contracts expired. The unions threatened to go on strike during the most lucrative time of the year for casinos, the July 4 holiday, due to the lack of a resolution in the talks.
At the last moment, on the eve of the holiday, the first four casinos signed a new labor agreement with the unions with very favorable terms for employees, and they were quickly followed by other casinos.
The unions noted that the agreements are the best they have ever had and that casino workers had not received such a significant pay rise in a very long time. Casino workers got family healthcare and pension benefits, as well as clauses regarding job protection, in their contracts.
The Unite Here Local 54 has announced that 97% of its members that are employed at the Resorts Casino Hotel and the Golden Nugget have supported the proposal for industrial action in case no agreement on new labour contracts is reached between the casino operators and the union before the end of July. The casinos have time until July 30 to sign new labour contracts.