Ninety-six percent of the workers at four of the city’s casinos voted Thursday to go on strike on July 1 if the gaming industry “continues to hold down wages.” Workers at a fifth casino have already authorized a walk-out. More than 6,000 workers at the five casinos could walk off the job if the strike occurs.
The union that represents the workers, UNITE Here, has set a July 1 strike deadline if there’s no deal before the start of the holiday weekend.
The union says workers are paid an average of $11.74 an hour, and that veteran workers have received wage increases of just 80 cents over the last 12 years. It also says many of its workers rely on public assistance, such as government-subsidized health insurance and food stamps.