3 casino companies make offers to union

September 3, 2009 5:44:05 AM PDT
Three Atlantic City casinos owners are proposing wage freezes for waiters, bartenders, housekeepers and dishwashers as contract negotiations begin. Harrah's, Trump Entertainment and Tropicana made presentations to Local 54 of UNITE-HERE on Wednesday.

The companies, which own eight of the city's 11 casinos, are asking for three-year contracts.

Local 54 President Bob McDevitt says he understands why the casinos are asking for wage freezes.

An economic downturn and new competition in Pennsylvania have taken a toll on casino revenue.

The union represents about 15,000 workers whose current five-year contract expires Sept. 15.


Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com