On December 21, workers at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City ratified a new contract by 99%. The contract ends a bitter two-year labor dispute. The property was purchased in 2009 as part of a foreclosure. Because of the way Resorts was bought, the new owners were not required to honor the existing contract or even to retain the workers.
The new owners required all of the workers to reapply for their jobs, and the company rehired a majority of the workers insuring union continuity at the casino. The new company rehired the workers at greatly reduced wages. In response workers held rallies, picketed and helped organize a boycott of the property. Contract negotiations were further delayed by the death of Resorts’ CEO 9 months ago and by Superstorm Sandy in October.
The contract provides for immediate raises for a majority of the workers whose wages were greatly reduced. In addition, the Resorts contract, like the other casino contracts in Atlantic City, provides for raises for all workers over the course of the contract, a continuation of free family health insurance, pension benefits, and all of the other benefits other Local 54 members enjoy.