A strike threatens at two casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey
After averting a strike at seven of Atlantic City’s casinos, a new walkout threat has emerged at two other gambling halls.
Members of Unite Here Local 54 authorized industrial action at the end of the month in Resorts and Golden Nugget, the last remaining casinos that have not approved a new contract with hotel workers.
Details of the new contracts with the other casinos have not been made public, but the union has confirmed that they include salary increases and other benefits for members.
The union wants Resorts and Golden Nugget to agree to the terms the other casinos have agreed to, but it doesn’t seem like they’re willing to do so.
Resorts CEO Mark Giannantonio sent a statement to 6ABC News saying, “We look forward to meeting with the union and bargaining in good faith.”
Union leaders and many rank-and-file members do not want formal bargaining.
A strike at Atlantic City’s five largest casinos was averted just before the July 4 holiday weekend, one of AC’s busiest weekends of the year.
If a new contractual agreement cannot be reached, up to 1,000 workers will leave work at Resorts and Golden Nugget on July 30.
Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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