UNITE HERE Local 54 President Bob McDevitt Statement on Taj Mahal Letter

Bob McDevitt, President, UNITE HERE Local 54:

“This company took healthcare off the table 20 months ago. Can you imagine what it is like to work in this city—to spend your days doing the backbreaking work of cleaning hotel rooms or walking all over the casino floor serving drinks in high heels—without health insurance? To worry about how you’ll afford a trip to the doctor if your child gets sick? These workers have been without healthcare for almost 2 years because of this company, and now, 1/3 have no insurance and another 50% rely on taxpayer subsidized health care. Their average compensation was cut by over one-third, and then, to rub their noses in it, this company offered them health insurance that was essentially half of what every other property agreed to, including the Taj’s sister casino. These workers want to know why it is okay for Trop workers to be able to go to the doctor, but not them. The company continually holds up the Trop as an example of a property that was doing poorly and is now doing well. At no point did the Tropicana propose eliminating health benefits for the workers. Why is the Taj different? We have said from the outset that the Taj would never be profitable unless it partnered with the union. Part of the reason that the property continues to do poorly is BECAUSE of how it has treated its workforce.”

TAJ STRIKE UPDATE: Statement From Bob McDevitt, President of Unite Here Local 54, On Visit of Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton

Statement From Bob McDevitt, President of Unite Here Local 54, On Visit of Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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BREAKING: Trump Taj Mahal Workers on Strike

header**Trump Taj Mahal Workers Strike: 6 am**

Trump Taj Mahal Workers on Strike

Taj Mahal Lone Holdout after Other Casinos Reach Agreement with Underpaid Housekeepers, Servers

Atlantic City – Last night contract negotiations with the Trump Taj Mahal failed to reach an agreement that the negotiating committee could recommend to the membership. As a result, nearly a thousand cooks, housekeepers, bellmen and servers from the Trump Taj Mahal will walk off the job this morning ahead of the industry’s biggest holiday weekend to fight for decent wages, basic benefits, and the future of their middle class livelihoods.   

For more information, contact:
Ben Begleiter, [email protected], 203-668-6676
Diana Hussein, [email protected], 313-460-3119 

Reporters interested in in-person interviews should meet Ben or Diana at the Boardwalk behind Taj Mahal.

 

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UPDATED: Tentative Contract Agreement with Caesars Atlantic City Properties and Tropicana; Taj Mahal still under July 1 deadline.

UPDATED: UNITE HERE Local 54 Announces Tentative Contract Agreement with Caesars Entertainment’s Atlantic City Properties, as well as the Tropicana. Taj Mahal still until July 1 deadline.

PRESS RELEASE: Atlantic City Casino Workers: Little Progress in Contract Negotiations, as 6,000 Servers & Housekeepers Continue Preparations to Strike July 1

Underpaid Atlantic City casino workers said today that they’re angry by the lack of progress in contract negotiations with Caesars, Bally’s, Harrah’s, Tropicana, and Trump Taj Mahal, and announced an emergency strike captain training tomorrow ahead of their July 1st strike deadline.

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BREAKING: Today, 96% of workers from 4 Atlantic City casinos vote to authorize a strike with a July 1 deadline

ACStrikeVoteStatement from Bob McDevitt, President, UNITEHERE Local 54:

“Today thousands of workers from Tropicana, Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s voted to authorize a strike on July 1 if they don’t have a fair contract. The vote was 96% in favor. We have told the companies that we are available days, evenings, and weekends to negotiate. The balls in their court. They need to offer these workers a fair contract. We gave up a lot when times were bad, now that they are making money, they need to give back to us.”

BREAKING NEWS: Atlantic City Casino Workers Report Overwhelming Support for Strike

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