Atlantic City Retail Casino Workers Vote to Strike

Atlantic City Retail Casino Workers Vote to Strike

Union workers from Unite Here Local 54 voted to strike yesterday. About 96% of them are in favor of hitting picket lines. If the strike goes ahead, it will begin with four casinos on July 1 and then more casinos may join later.

Atlantic City Retail Casino Workers voted to strike. Land-based casinos also partner with New Jersey online casinos. Online gambling won't be affected by the strike, according to the Local 54 site.

In the summer of 2016, workers at the Taj Mahal Casino went on strike and held continuous picket lines for 102 days. It was eventually closed and reopened as the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in June 2018.

The strike will happen if Local 54 negotiators can't reach an agreement with casino owners by stated deadlines.

Retail casinos slated to be impacted on July 1 are Borgata, Caesars, Harrah's, and Tropicana. The possible strike may affect the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City on June 3. Las Vegas-based Caeresars Entertainment owns Caedars and MGM Resorts International owns Borgat.

Atlantic City Retail Casino Workers voted to strike.

Atlantic City's retail casinos employ nearly 23,000 workers. Local 54 represents so many workers from the city's nine casinos that their absence would be felt. If workers walk out, it could impact revenue for the retail casino industry. In 2021, commercial gaming revenue nearly reached $2.6 billion in Atlantic City.

On May 31, Local 54 members’ employment contracts expired at all Atlantic City retail casinos. Bally”s Atlantic Casino and Ocean Casino Resort have an agreement in place. Workers at Borgata, Caesar“s, Golden Nugget Atlantic, Hard Rock, Harrahs and Resorts Casino Hotel are working without contracts. Golden Nugget and Resorts are listed by Local54 as "at risk of dispute".

Local 54 has "me-too" agreements with Bally's and Ocean Casino Resort. They will honor the terms of contracts with the city's larger properties.

Retail casino workers are awaiting a decision from their negotiating committee regarding going on strike. Yesterday's vote authorized a strike if negotiations aren't fruitful by July 1 for Borgata and the Caesars properties and July 3 for Hard Rock.

Casino workers have sacrificed wage increases for the health of the industry. Now, they're falling behind as industry profits and gaming revenues surpass pre-pandemic levels.

61% of respondents struggled to pay rent or mortgage on time at least once in the past year. 32% lacked money for food, 37% for utilities, and 27% to transportation. Union negotiators want new contracts for workers.

61% of respondents reported they struggled to pay their rent or mortgage on time at least once in the past year. 32% lacked money for food, 37% for utilities, and 27% to transportation.

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