For immediate release
March 13, 2014
(Atlantic City, NJ) Revel Casino workers took a first step towards joining UNITE HERE Local 54 today as they delivered a petition to Revel’s President demanding job security and a fair process to form a union.
“I’ve worked at Revel since the beginning, and this is the most chaotic it has ever been. There are rumors every day about a sale, and we are all worried whether we will lose our jobs. We need a new owner, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to make Revel a profitable casino, but we need more certainty in our lives. We need job security and a fair process to form a union,” said Rebeca Franco, a cocktail waitress at Revel.
“Everyone says Revel is for sale. I’ve heard all sorts of rumors about who might buy it. What I haven’t heard is what will happen to us. I want Revel to do great, and we will be the ones who make it happen. We need to know that we are going to be part of it, and we need a path to form a union,” said Equality Brown, an EVS worker at Revel.
“As a long-time Local 54 member, I know that Revel employees work as hard as we do. But Revel workers don’t have the job security, they don’t have the benefits and they don’t have the protections that we have as Local 54 members. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to help the workers at Revel achieve job security and a fair pathway to unionization,” said Rodney Mills, a buffet server at the Tropicana.
“We’re ready to hit the reset button on our relationship with Revel and work together to make Revel and Atlantic City great again. In order to do that, the workers need to have job security and a process to join the union without fear of intimidation. Additionally, I call on all of the elected officials in the State who helped to get Revel built, to now stand up and support the workers at Revel,” said Bob McDevitt, President of UNITE HERE Local 54.
Built at a cost of $2.4 billion, Revel received over $300 million in subsidies from New Jersey, and entered bankruptcy less than a year after opening. Revel is widely reported to be for sale, and has not announced any plans to ensure job security for the existing workers in the event of a sale.
UNITE HERE Local 54 is the largest casino workers union in Atlantic City. With a 100 year history, Local 54 represents about 12,000 workers in 10 Atlantic City casinos.