By Helen Maxwell
Atlantic City casino workers are getting raises and casinos will enjoy four years of labor peace.
That’s the bottom line on all nine casinos reaching new contracts with the main employee union.
The Golden Nugget reached agreement with Local 54 of the Unite Here union on a new contract, the last of the city’s casinos to ink a deal.
The agreement contains the same basic economic elements as those approved at the other eight casinos, including a $22 hourly rate for housekeeping employees in the fourth year of the contract.
In past contracts, the union had concentrated on preserving health care and pension benefits, but this time sought “significant” pay raises for workers to help them keep pace with spiraling prices for gasoline, food, rent and other living expenses.
It also removes any chance of a strike for the next four years, an important consideration for Atlantic City’s casino industry as it tries to return to the business levels it saw before the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020.