Casino workers in Atlantic City, New Jersey approve new deals; 2 others remain
ATLANTIC CITY — Workers at five Atlantic City casinos have ratified new contracts giving them big raises and are now turning to the two that have yet to settle, their union said Tuesday.
Unite Here union Local 54 officials said 99% of workers who voted in ratification elections on Monday approved the new pacts, under which housekeeping workers will immediately see their hourly wages increased to 18 $, against varying levels at different casinos.
Their wages will increase to $22 an hour at the end of the four-year contract.
“It’s hard to sell a housekeeping job for $16 an hour,” said union president Bob McDevitt. “It’s much easier to sell one at $20 or $22 an hour.”
“Casino workers have needed raises for a long time,” added Dave Dorfman, cook at Harrah’s and a member of the workers’ bargaining committee. “Now there’s an easier way forward for us, and the money will go a long way toward my day-to-day expenses. Next, we need to make sure Resorts and Golden Nugget employees aren’t left behind.
The union plans to vote on July 19 on whether to authorize a strike at these two casinos if new agreements are not reached by then.
McDevitt said the union has yet to negotiate with Resorts or Golden Nugget. Executives at both casinos declined to comment on Tuesday.
McDevitt said the vote to authorize a strike is a way to prepare for the possibility that a work stoppage will be necessary.
“We don’t want to be in the last weeks of summer and look at Labor Day weekend without a new contract,” he said.
In addition to the increases, the agreements maintain fully funded family health and retirement benefits, language that protects jobs and increases work opportunities, and protections against new technologies, the union said.
The union reached agreements on new contracts shortly before strike deadlines in early July with the Borgata, Caesars, Harrah’s, Tropicana and Hard Rock. Two other casinos, Bally’s and the Ocean Casino Resort, have entered into so-called “me too” agreements, pledging to adopt the terms of contracts entered into by some of the city’s biggest properties.
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A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.
If you descend and meet an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from wildlife and continue hiking.
Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.
If you plan to bring your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.
Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
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