Atlantic City’s main casino workers union reached an agreement Saturday with Hard Rock Casino, removing the ultimate threat of a strike during the busy holiday weekend.
Local 54 of Unite here union said it had reached a tentative agreement, avoiding a threatened strike at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday.
The union reached the tentative agreements on Thursday with Borgata, which is owned by MGM Resorts International and three Caesars Entertainment Casinos: Caesars, Harrah’s and Tropicana.
Resorts and Golden Nugget are two casinos that still don’t have contracts, but the union said it hopes both will agree to do one in the coming days.
Bally’s and Ocean Casino Resort have signed so-called “me too” agreements pledging to accept contractual terms reached by alliances with larger casinos.
Agreements still need to be ratified by full union members.
“We are extremely pleased that we were once again able to successfully reach an agreement with Unite Here Local 54 to increase the salaries and benefits of our deserving team members,” Jim Allen, president of Hard Rock International. “We look forward to further expanding this great relationship at both the national and local levels as we expand our iconic brand.”
The union said it was seeking a “significant” pay increase in new contract to help workers keep up with the rapidly rising prices of gasoline, food, rent and other expenses.
Contract terms were not immediately announced.
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Transactions not only avoid what would be a costly and disruptive attack in one of the the busiest weekend of the year for the casinos, but it brings peace to workers during the crucial third summer of the coronavirus pandemic, as casinos are struggling to return to the levels of revenue and profit they enjoyed before. it starts.
The deals avoided what would be the city’s first casino strike since 2016.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.