For immediate release
March 6, 2012
Atlantic City, NJ — Members of UNITE HERE Local 54, the Atlantic City casino workers’ union, voted overwhelmingly to approve a new three-year contract with the Atlantic Club. The new contract covers over 600 cooks, housekeepers, bartenders, cocktail servers and other service workers at the Atlantic Club.
"Even through the re-branding that Atlantic Club is undergoing, we are glad to see that management understands the importance of security for the workers," said Bob McDevitt, president of the 14,000 member union. "With the ratification of this contract 8 properties have shown their commitment to maintaining healthcare, providing raises and ensuring retirement for our members. Why is it that Tony Rodio and Tropicana are so reluctant to strike a similar deal with their employees?"
The contract is economically similar to the contracts with the seven other properties. The contract at the Borgata expires in 2012.
The contract includes:
- A continuation of free health care
- A continuation of an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension.
- Wage increases for all employees at least once over the course of the contract with additional wage increases triggered on company revenue increases.
- Protections in the event of a property closure.
The contract also contains some provisions designed to help the Atlantic Club remain competitive in the current market, including:
- An elimination of Holiday and vacation pay in the first year (partially restored in years two and three).
- Holiday pay only for holidays worked (in years two and three).