Bob McDevitt, President of Local 54, who states that workers made sacrifices as soon as the casino industry’s chips were down and he wants these reversed.
Atlantic City is facing industrial action at five of its eight casinos, as employees voted overwhelmingly to hit on July 1 unless work contract negotiations may be resolved.
Members of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union were 96 percent in favor of the walkout at Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s plus the Tropicana. The union had already voted to authorize a hit at Carl Icahn’s Trump Taj Mahal last month, although it is not clear whether it’s going to be within the July 1 action.
Meanwhile, Borgata, Golden Nugget, and Resorts have actually been exempted because negotiations are progressing, the union said.
Sacrifices Made In Atlantic City
‘Today thousands of workers from Tropicana, Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s voted to authorize a strike on July 1 when they don’t have a contract that is fair’ said Bob McDevitt. ‘we have told the ongoing companies that we can be found days, nights, and weekends to negotiate.
‘The ball’s in their court, he added. ‘They need to offer these employees a fair contract. We quit a lot when times had been bad, now they are making money, they have to give back into us.’
The union is aggrieved as it believes workers have consented to make sacrifices in the last few years even though the casino industry has skilled financial hardships, which it wants reversed. De