ATLANTIC CITY — UNITE-HERE Local 54 took a big step Thursday toward possibly striking at four city casinos this summer.
A committee representing unionized casino workers from across the city on Thursday approved a June 16 strike authorization vote.
Unionized workers from Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s Atlantic City and Tropicana Atlantic City will vote June 16 on whether to authorize a strike.
If they vote in the affirmative, committees from each of those properties can call a strike at any time.
“Local 54's contract committee made the decision today to schedule a strike authorization vote on June 16,” union President Bob McDevitt said in a statement late Thursday. “The utter disrespect these Wall Street companies have shown to casino workers in Atlantic City is nearing a breaking point. We sacrificed for these companies when times were lean; we will not be told to sit in place now that they are making money again.”
Spokeswomen for the four casinos could not immediately be reached late Thursday night.
The union last went on strike in 2004, when about 10,000 workers left jobs at seven Atlantic City casinos for more than a month.
Local 54 — which represents about 9,600 bartenders, servers and other hospitality workers — is in citywide negotiations over the terms of new labor contracts.
Unionized Trump Taj Mahal workers threatened to strike last year, but a strike was never called.