The Resorts World Casino in southeastern Queens, New York takes in the most money of any slots parlor in the entire United States. But in the two years it has been open, the average wage has been barely more than $10 an hour.
Workers with the New York Hotel Trades Council announced that they had reached agreement on a five-year contract that nearly doubles wages immediately and will almost triple wages by 2016, while also providing free family health care.
The casino opened two years ago under a labor peace agreement, but contract negotiations stalled a year ago. The union called for an arbitrator, who finally ruled for the historic wage standards because the business was so successful and because that was the wage a full-time worker would need to sustain her family.
The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez said of the agreement:
"I applaud President Peter Ward and the New York Hotel Trades Council for this historic five-year agreement to help drastically increase wages, benefits, and training for thousands of New York City residents…. This is an absolute victory, and a testament to the Labor Movement’s ability to fight to ensure that all working families have the wages, protections and tools necessary to grow and thrive in New York City."
On November 5, voters will decide on a measure that would allow seven new casinos across New York State. Already, labor peace deals exist with five companies that could bid for casino licenses.
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- NY Daily News: Casino employees get raise following labor union deal
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- Daily Kos: Huge Labor Victory at Aqueduct Casino
- Global News Updates: Union strikes $ deal with racino
- State of Politics: Arbitrator Ruling Increases Pay for Resorts World Casino Workers