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Atlantic City Resorts Reaches Deal with Union; Only 1 Casino without Pact




Resorts casino reached an agreement with Atlantic City’s main casino workers union on Wednesday, leaving only one of the city’s nine casinos without a new labor agreement.

That casino, the Golden Nugget, will sit down at the bargaining table Thursday with Local 54 of the Unite Here union, and a deal is considered likely to be reached.

Resorts agreed to the same economic terms as the city’s larger casinos did several weeks ago, according to union president Bob McDevitt.

Housekeeping employees will see their pay increase to $22 per hour at the end of the four-year contract.


“It’s a great deal. We’re really thrilled for the employees. They’ve been working really hard for us, and now we’re happy we can put this behind us and move forward without business,” said Resorts president Mark Giannantonio.

Resorts opened in 1978 and was the first casino in the US to open outside Nevada.

In addition to raises, the agreements reached with the casinos maintain fully funded family health care and pension benefits, language that protects jobs and increases work opportunities, and new technology protections, the union said.

The union reached agreements on new contracts shortly before early July strike deadlines with the Borgata, Caesars, Harrah’s, Tropicana, and Hard Rock. Two other casinos, Bally’s and the Ocean Casino Resort, agreed to so-called “me-too” deals, committing themselves to adopt the terms of contracts reached by some of the larger properties in the city.

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