On Thursday, March 13, dozens of UNITE HERE Local 54 members joined workers from Atlantic City’s Revel Casino and delivered a petition to the casino president demanding job security and a fair process to form a union.
Revel received over $300 million in tax subsidies from the state of New Jersey because the casino promised new jobs. It opened in May 2012 as the only non-union casino in Atlantic City–just months after Hurricane Sandy hurt an already-struggling local tourism industry.
Revel declared bankruptcy in March 2013, and the State of New Jersey now is expected to invest another $300 million of state pension money to shore up the struggling gaming venue. Meanwhile, Revel is widely reported for sale, but has not announced any plans to ensure job security for the existing workers.
Along with house visits and joining delegations, Local 54 members have brought their political force to bear to help Revel workers win. The night before the delegation, the City Council of Atlantic City passed a resolution to promote job security for the current workforce if the casino does sell. Read the press.