ATLANTIC CITY, NJ ( Associated Press) — Atlantic City’s largest casino employer said Friday that a new contract with the city’s main employees union offers a “historic” increase.
Caesars Entertainment owns a third of Atlantic City’s nine casinos: Caesars, Harrah’s and Tropicana.
late Thursday night Unite Here on a tentative deal with local 54 of the union to avoid a strike that was threatened for the Fourth of July weekend, traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for casinos. (Borgata also reached a deal earlier on Thursday.)
In a statement released Friday, Caesar Entertainment said it has operated in Atlantic City for more than 40 years “with an unwavering commitment to the community and its residents.”
“Under the proposed agreement, our 3,500 Unite Here team members will see historic pay increases and evidence that they are heard, that when issues arise, they are taken seriously and addressed,” it said.
“The Fourth of July holiday weekend marks the start of our busiest season in history,” the company said. “We are optimistic, knowing that we go into this with a historic agreement, which clearly demonstrates our commitment to reinvest in our valued team members and ensure that we reach the 2022 summer season.” We are ready to provide you with exceptional service and experience.”
The terms of the deal were not released; Union president Bob McDevitt said a ratification vote requires workers to submit details before the announcement. He also said he did not want to prejudice talks with Hard Rock, who still face a 12:01 Sunday strike deadline if a new deal is not in place.
But McDevitt told The Associated Press on Thursday night that the deal is “the best contract we’ve ever had.”
The union said it was seeking a “significant” wage increase in a new contract to help workers cope with rapidly rising prices for gasoline, food, rent and other expenses, as well as casinos to get through the worst-case scenario. to be compensated for. Coronavirus pandemic.
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