Friday’s strike is approaching at 4 Atlantic City casinos
The fifth casino, Hard Rock, faces a similar deadline early Sunday.
Even if the union goes on strike, the casinos and their hotels will remain open for business; Staffing levels and service quality can vary greatly depending on many variables.
The union was due to resume negotiations with MGM Resorts International, which owns Borgata, Thursday morning.
I negotiated with Caesars Entertainment, which owns three casinos – Caesars, Harrah’s and Tropicana – for hours on Wednesday without striking a new deal.
The union said it was seeking “significant” salary increases in new contracts to help workers keep up with rapidly rising prices for gasoline, food, rent and other expenses.
Individual operators also say they have helped keep casinos open and running for most of the coronavirus pandemic, now in its third year, and they deserve to be compensated.
Two casinos, Bally’s and Ocean, have reached “me too” agreements with the union, committing to adopt the terms of contracts eventually reached with larger properties in the city, and they will not face a withdrawal.
Similarly, union president Bob McDevitt said two smaller casinos, Resorts and Golden Nugget, are not in danger of going out of business at this time, as the union has yet to negotiate with them.
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