By James Hammer in Atlantic City
An overwhelming majority of members of the Unite Here Local 54 union at Resorts Casino Hotel and Golden Nugget Atlantic City endorsed hitting the picket lines if a new deal is not reached.
After Tuesday’s vote, the union’s negotiating committee set a deadline of July 30.
“It has been the strategy of Local 54 Union Leadership to authorize a strike vote prior to negotiations with the properties in Atlantic City,” said Mark Giannantonio, Resorts Casino Hotel President & CEO, in a prepared statement. “We are eagerly awaiting to meet with the union and negotiate in good faith, terms for an amicable deal for our Team Members and Resorts.”
Strikes threatened to disrupt casino operations earlier this month prior to the deals being signed, with as many as five casinos facing a lack of employees during the busy Fourth of July weekend.
Last week, Local 54 members at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Tropicana Atlantic City and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City ratified a new contract that would provide for substantial wage increases for all classifications, including tipped and non-tipped employees, retroactive to June 1.