For immediate release
April 30, 2012
(Atlantic City, NJ)-Three of the nations’ largest unions announced today an alliance to jointly focus on the new Revel casino in Atlantic City. Leaders of UNITE HERE Local 54, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 331 and UAW Region 9 vowed to make sure workers at Revel have the benefits and protections of a Union contract.
"Revel wants to open a non-union casino in the midst of a union town, and destroy the standard of living that generations of workers have walked picket lines and gone on strike to achieve. That is unacceptable and impossible for us to ignore," said Bob McDevitt, President of UNITE HERE Local 54.
"Revel’s policies of term-limiting service employees and huge use of part-time workers are a direct attack on the labor movement. We are going to use all the tools available to us to let people know Revel is out of bounds," said Marcus King, President of Teamsters Local 331 in Atlantic City.
"It is appalling that Revel has taken hundreds of millions of dollars in state assistance, and then it turns around and institutes anti-worker policies. That is a slap in the face to workers in this heavily unionized region," said Scott Adams, Director of UAW Region 9.
In an attempt to avoid a divisive labor dispute at the property that would also impact Atlantic City as a whole, the multi-union alliance today proposed an agreement to Revel CEO Kevin DeSanctis containing a fair, legal and simple process for Revel employees to decide their union status. The process, used across the country by hospitality industry employers, is similar to that used seamlessly by the Borgata when it opened in Atlantic City.
The Teamsters, UAW and UNITE HERE together represent roughly 3.5 million active and retired workers.