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Atlantic City Casino Gambling Safe After Deal With Labor Union

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The biggest concern for the union representing 15,000 Atlantic City casino workers was health care. The union did not want to budge on the casinos picking up any increases in the workers' policies.

On Monday, after holding strong on that stance, the union and its members received what they wanted. A deal has been reached and the casinos and workers will now avoid any work stoppages thanks to some commendable negotiations.

"The most important thing here is that health care is in place," said Local 54 Union President Robert McDevitt, "The company agreed to pick up all increases in health care, sight unseen."

In addition to the health care, the workers also received raises. for the next year, all outside of the highest paid will receive a thirty-five cent raise. That will increase their hourly wage to $1. after a year, the employees will once again have the opportunity to negotiate additional raises.

The casinos that are affected by the agreement are Caesar's Atlantic City, the Showboat Casino and Hotel, Bally's Atlantic City, and Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Future deals at the other six casinos in the city will look similar to the deal agreed upon Monday.

Now that the standard has been set, the union has indicated that they will not deviate far from this agreement while working on deals at the other casinos. Already Trump Entertainment Resorts is looking through this deal in the hopes of completing one of their own with the union in the near future.

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