Workers OK deals at 5 Atlantic City casinos; Resorts and Golden Nugget remain

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Workers at five Atlantic City casinos have ratified new contracts that will earn them significant pay increases and are now turning their attention to the two that have yet to be settled, their union said last week.

Officials at Branch 54 of the Unite Here union said 99% of workers who voted in the ratification elections approved the new pacts, which will see domestic workers’ hourly wages increased to $18 immediately, compared with different levels in different casinos.

Their pay will increase to $22 an hour at the end of the four-year contract.

“It’s hard to sell a job as a domestic helper for $16 an hour,” said union chairman Bob McDevitt. “It’s a lot easier to sell one for $20 or $22 an hour.”

“Casino employees have long needed a raise,” added Dave Dorfman, Harrah’s chef and a member of the Workers’ Bargaining Committee. “Now there’s an easier way for us, and the money will go a long way toward funding my day-to-day expenses. Next, we need to make sure that resort and Golden Nugget staff are not left behind.”

The union plans to vote on July 19 on whether to authorize a strike at those two casinos if no new agreements are reached by then.

McDevitt said the union has not yet negotiated with Resorts or Golden Nugget. Executives at both casinos declined to comment on Tuesday.

McDevitt said the strike authorization vote was a way to prepare for the possibility that a work stoppage might be required.

“We don’t want to stare at Labor Day weekend in the final weeks of summer with no new contract,” he said.

In addition to pay increases, the agreements include fully funded health care and family pension benefits, language that protects jobs and increases job opportunities, and safeguards for new technologies, the union said.

The union reached agreements on new contracts with Borgata, Caesars, Harrah’s, Tropicana and Hard Rock just ahead of the early July strike dates. Two other casinos, Bally’s and Ocean Casino Resort, agreed to so-called “me-too” agreements, pledging to adopt contract terms reached by some of the larger hotels in the city.

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