Gambling Down, But Union Pressuring Atlantic City Casinos
Things just keep getting worse for Atlantic City casinos. Two of those casinos are expected to soon be sold, but the current owners could be in for a battle before the sales take place.
The United Auto Workers, who is representing dealers at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, wants a new deal for their workers. They understand what is happening financially, but still believe there is middle ground that can be reached in negotiations.
"We know these are hard times for Tropicana and for all the casinos. We're not asking for the moon. We just want a fair agreement, that's why we voted for our union in the first place," said Ernestine Dawkins, a Tropicana dealer.
Tropicana is not the only casino that the union is going aggressively after. Trump Marina Hotel Casino originally did not have to worry about the union, but the UAW has won the right to have a re-vote. Should they win, they will begin negotiations with owners Trump Entertainment Resorts.
The ironic part of the situation is that both casino owners could be negotiating a deal for other companies. Both casinos are in the process of being sold and whatever deal is reached will be part of the sale.
The union has threatened to strike at Tropicana. Dealers and slot technicians have already authorized the strike, but they have yet to act on it. There are ongoing talks in the hopes that an agreement can be reached.
March 4, 2009
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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