More than 5,000 Atlantic City casino workers may walk off the job on July 1, and they’re taking to the airwaves to explain why.
“Atlantic City casino workers sacrificed a lot when times were tight, for our industry and our community. Now things are getting better — for the casinos,” says the voiceover in a radio ad funded by Unite Here Local 54, the casino workers union.
Employees working without a contract at five casinos — Caesars, Bally’s, Harrah’s, the Tropicana, and the Trump Taj Mahal — voted last week to authorize a strike unless they can work out a new agreement with casino owners.
“A group of executives just got $50 million in bonuses,” says the spokeswoman, “but workers haven’t seen a cent of what we gave back.”
The union estimates an early July strike will deal a serious blow to the casinos just as the busy summer season starts to pick up.
Contract negotiations between the union and casino owners are ongoing.