Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Unite Here Local 54 reached a labor agreement that covers nearly 1,780 casino workers.

ATLANTIC CITY — After more than six months of negotiations, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Unite Here Local 54 have struck a deal.

The Boardwalk casino and the labor union agreed to terms of a contract Friday, according to a statement from the New Jersey State American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations. The deal covers about 1,780 casino employees.

Hard Rock could not be reached for comment.

Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54, said union members will vote Thursday to ratify the contract. Negotiations between the casino and the labor union began in September.

“It has been a very, very positive and progressive negotiation,” said McDevitt, praising Hard Rock executives for being intimately involved and invested in discussions.

McDevitt said he was anticipating overwhelming support for ratification of the contract terms from Local 54 members.

If the new contract is accepted by both parties, Local 54 would represent close to 10,000 casino employees in Atlantic City. The union’s members include housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other hospitality workers.

“President Bob McDevitt and the officers and bargaining committee of Unite Here Local 54 have done tremendous work on behalf of their members,” said Charles Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey AFL-CIO. “This local’s success no doubt raises the standards for all of New Jersey’s workers and strengthens our labor movement as a whole.”

Hard Rock opened June 27 at the site of the former Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. A labor dispute between the Taj Mahal’s owner, billionaire hedge-fund manager Carl Icahn, and Local 54 led to a strike that lasted 102 days and ended with the casino closing in October 2016.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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