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Union approves deal for 15,000 casino workers

October 1, 2009
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees-Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (UNITE-HERE) Local 54 recently approved a new two-year deal for 15,000 casino hotel workers that provides raises for most workers and guarantees benefits won''t be reduced, according to the Associated Press.
The deal affects Harrah''s Resort Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally''s Atlantic City, and the Showboat Casino Hotel and is expected to become the blueprint for deals with the remaining six casinos that are not yet under contract, the story stated.
According to the story, the deal calls for hourly increases of 35 cents to $1 for all but the highest-paid workers, who will be able to negotiate for raises one year from now.
UNITE-HERE President Robert McDevitt said: "The most important thing here is the health care is in place. The company agreed to pick up all increases in health care premiums, sight unseen. [The union has] no interest in negotiating changes now that we have an approved contract."
Not wanting to alienate any single company, the bargaining committee was careful to ask for a deal that would be acceptable to all 11 of Atlantic City''s casinos, the story noted.
Trump Entertainment Resorts, which has three casinos in Atlantic City and is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, is studying the deal reached with other casinos to gauge whether or not it will be beneficial to their employees, the story added.
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