Unite HERE, Six Casinos Agree to Extensions

Employees at six Atlantic City casinos have agreed to a contract extension with the casino workers’ union, Unite HERE Local 54. The extension applies to 7,200 workers at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Harrah’s Resort and Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Donna DeCaprio, financial secretary treasurer of the union which represents culinary workers and housekeeping, praised the deal. “We are extremely pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that fully funds health care, provides for raises for all employees and further ensures job security,” she said in a written statement.

Borgata buffet server Mayra Gonzalez is thankful for the deal.

“The stress caused by not knowing if I would have health coverage for myself or my kids has been a huge burden on top of everything else. It wasn’t easy, but we stuck together and won health coverage that should protect us until people can get the vaccine,” she said in a written statement.

The agreement guarantees health coverage as well as rises at a time when many cannot work due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the limitations it places on capacity inside casino hotels, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

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