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Atlantic City Casino Strike May End

2 November 2004

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Thousands of casino-hotel workers could be back on the job as soon as Thursday, after union and casino negotiators reached a tentative agreement Monday night on a five-year contract.

"Robert McDevitt, president of Local 54 of Unite Here, called it 'the best contract in the history of Local 54 and in the history of the gaming industry.'

"Employees at each of the seven casinos currently being struck by the union will vote on the proposed contract Wednesday.

""After a long and difficult labor dispute, the parties have reached a tentative agreement,' Caesars Entertainment Inc. spokes-man Brian Cahill said in a prepared statement. 'We look forward to the members of Local 54 returning to work.'

"…Some of the key elements of the proposed contract include:

"· A 28.3 percent increase in wages, health-care and pension contributions during the next five years.

"· A 91 percent increase in employer health-care contributions, with no paycheck deduction.

"· A 51 percent increaser in employer pension contributions over the five years.

"The contract addresses subcontracting by largely keeping the current arrangements in place and banning further expansion of the practice. The contract guarantees workers that their jobs would not be replaced.

"At the same time, representatives from Resorts Atlantic City and Tropicana Casino and Resort each asked for, and received, an additional subcontracted outlet. However, both promised that no current food or drink outlet would close or have its hours significantly reduced.

"…The strike has been the longest casino labor holdout in Atlantic City's history…"

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