Union Members Ratify Contract With Caesars Entertainment

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By Tyrone Richardson

July 12 — Members of UNITE HERE Local 54 ratified July 11 collective bargaining agreements covering about 3,500 workers employed by the owner of three casino-hotels in Atlantic City, N.J., the union said.

About 98 percent of those casting ballots voted to ratify the proposed CBAs covering cooks, housekeepers, bellmen and servers at Caesars, Harrah's and Bally's, all of which are owned by Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment.

The union declined to provide Bloomberg BNA with details of the ratified pacts, but described them as among “the best contracts in UNITE HERE Local 54's history—worth over $44 million.”

The union has been seeking increased wages and stronger benefits in contracts to replace CBAs that expired in September 2014.

A spokeswoman for Caesars Entertainment did not respond to Bloomberg BNA's request for comment July 12.

The approved deals come after Local 54 announced June 30 that it had reached tentative deals with Caesars Entertainment and Tropicana, canceling plans to strike at those properties.

Local 54 members at Tropicana are scheduled for a ratification vote July 14. The union has declined to provide details about the proposed contract until the ratification vote.

Action Against Trump Taj Mahal

The contract ratification at Caesars' properties also comes while about 1,000 Local 54 members are on strike at the Trump Taj Mahal, which was unable to reach a new contract by the July 1 deadline.

Tropicana and the Taj are both owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, who does business under Icahn Enterprises.

Local 54 leaders are seeking concessions such as the return of employee health insurance and pensions, benefits taken away during the Taj's recent bankruptcy, which ended in February.

Union and company negotiators have not scheduled new talks since negotiations ended June 30.

Some Local 54 members July 13 are scheduled to be in New York City to protest outside Icahn's office building, followed by a march to Trump Tower.

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, previously owned the Taj.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tyrone Richardson in Washington at trichardson@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan J. McGolrick at smcgolrick@bna.com

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