Over Labor Day Weekend, 2,000 members of UNITE HERE Local 54, the Atlantic Casino Workers picketed outside Resorts Casino. Union members are fighting for a fair contract at Resorts. Long-time workers saw their wages cut by an average of almost $5 per hour by new owners. As a consequence of the wage cuts, over 100 employees applied for food stamps.
"I’m getting my 1996 pay," said Shirish Patel, an EVS worker at Resorts. "My savings are eroding. You can’t keep up in 2011 on 1996 pay."
Contracts covering about 12,000 employees at nine other casinos in Atlantic City expire on September 15, setting the stage for more potential labor strife in Atlantic City. In 2004, Local 54 members struck at seven casinos for 34 days.