Federation authorizes Atlantic City casino strike next month | Health, medicine and fitness

Written by Wayne Barry – The Related Press

Atlantic Metropolis, NJ (AFP) – Atlantic Metropolis on line casino employees on Wednesday allowed their leaders to name a strike in opposition to playing homes if new contracts weren’t reached by the start of July.

Native 54 members of Unite Right here have licensed their negotiating committee to name a July 1 strike in opposition to Borgata and the three Caesars Leisure-owned casinos — Caesars, Harrah’s and Tropicana — and a July 3 strike in opposition to Onerous Rock if there are not any new offers by then.

Union president Bob McDevitt stated that 96% of the “a number of thousand” of union members who voted did so in favor of authorizing the strike.

“It is best that the business would not take this calmly,” he informed a jubilant auditorium of union members after the vote. “That is nothing (BS).”

The contracts expired greater than two weeks in the past and the talks have but to achieve a brand new settlement.

A “sure” vote won’t result in an instantaneous strike. It merely provides the union negotiating committee, made up of employees from all 9 casinos, the facility to name a strike.

Spokespeople for Caesars Leisure and Onerous Rock declined to remark, whereas executives from different casinos didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

McDevitt stated the union has so-called “me too” agreements with Bally’s and Ocean On line casino Resort specifying that it’ll honor the phrases of contracts reached with bigger properties within the metropolis. This successfully ensures that these two casinos won’t be hit, he stated.

“Baly’s and Ocean are within the inexperienced, Resorts and Golden Nugget are within the yellow and the remaining are within the purple,” he stated.

The guild members stated they have been able to stroll out if the decision got here.

“We struggle for the financial system throughout the board, for all job classifications,” stated Ruth Ann Joyce, a waitress at Harrah’s and Onerous Rock casinos and an skilled on labor wars in Atlantic Metropolis. She was engaged on Showboat when it closed in 2014, one in every of 4 casinos that did not explode that yr.

The union says it’s in search of “vital” wage will increase within the subsequent decade to assist employees cope with the monetary setbacks attributable to the coronavirus pandemic and speedy worth hikes.

“Traditionally, our fights have usually taken care of well being care,” Joyce stated. “This spherical, it is in regards to the financial system. We will not discover employees as a result of there is no such thing as a cash, and it is laborious to stay to our employees as a result of they’ll go elsewhere and make extra.”

Rodney Mills, a housekeeper in Tropicana, stated he was ready to strike if crucial.

“Issues are actually robust proper now,” he stated after casting his vote on the Atlantic Metropolis Conference Heart. “We’d like a livable wage.”

The labor dispute comes at an unsure time in Atlantic Metropolis: casinos and their on-line companions are collectively making extra money now than they have been earlier than the pandemic.

However casinos say these stats are deceptive as a result of they preserve solely about 30% of their on-line and sports activities betting cash, and the remaining goes to their third-party companions. They are saying private earnings from gamblers are the first metric, and never all casinos have handed their pre-pandemic ranges.

The union went on a 2004 strike for 34 days, and got here out in opposition to Trump’s former Taj Mahal on line casino in July 2016, which ended with the on line casino shutting down in October of that yr. It has since reopened below completely different possession comparable to Onerous Rock.

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