Atlantic City UNITE HERE Local 54 casino workers at Resorts and Golden Nugget vote to authorize strike

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (WPVI) – Hospitality workers at two Atlantic City casinos voted to authorize a walkout Tuesday night.

Unite Here Local 54’s negotiating committee has set a deadline of July 30 to reach an agreement with resorts and Golden Nugget.

In the event of a strike, a total of around 1,000 employees could stop working.

After seven casinos struck deals with Local 54 hospitality workers earlier this summer, staff at resorts and Golden Nugget are also looking for a new four-year deal and a pay rise.

Resorts President and CEO Mark Giannantonio sent Action News the following statement:

“It was the strategy of the Local 54 union leadership to authorize a strike vote prior to negotiations with the Atlantic City properties. We eagerly await meeting with the union and negotiating in good faith an amicable settlement for our team members and resorts.”

But union members say after the seven other casinos agreed to the same terms – which have not been made public – they do not want to negotiate.

“We might sit down as a courtesy, but there is no negotiation. That’s the contract, that’s what we want. Everyone else has. We deserve it,” said J. Eger, member of the negotiation committee and bartender at the Goldennugget.

Just before the July 4th weekend, hospitality workers at the five largest casinos threatened to go on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions. An agreement was reached just before the strike deadline, avoiding pickets on a key bank holiday weekend.

Workers we spoke to say they don’t want to go on strike, but they will.

“You have to go through this. You have to do your due diligence and show up and show them you mean business,” said resorts employee Bob Marrone.

Action News reached out to Golden Nugget but received no response.

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