For immediate release
November 13, 2009
UNITE HERE Local 54 Members Ratify 2 year contract with Six Casinos
Atlantic City, NJ – By a vote of 96%, members of UNITE HERE Local 54, the Atlantic City casino workers union, ratified new 2-year contracts covering approximately 5,000 workers with Tropicana, Resorts, Atlantic City Hilton, and the three Trump properties. The terms of the contract are substantially the same as the contract previously ratified with the four Harrah’s Entertainment properties in Atlantic City.
"This contract provides us with security in tough economic times. It maintains our health coverage and allows us to focus on providing the best possible experience for the guests at our properties," said Barbara Moser, a food and beverage server at Trump Taj Mahal.
"In a time when employers across the country are using the economy as a way to abandon their responsibilities to their workforce, I want to commend the casino owners in Atlantic City who have refused to participate in a race to the bottom. This is a testament not only to them, but also to the relationship our union has built with these companies," said Bob McDevitt, President of Local 54.
"Now that these contracts are settled, we look forward to working with the industry to return Atlantic City to its former glory. We will help to rebuild the town so that it continues to provide important benefits for our members, our employers, as well as, the people of Atlantic City and New Jersey."
About UNITE HERE Local 54: Local 54 represents over 14,000 casino employees and has represented hospitality workers in Atlantic City for over 100 years.