Caesars AC dealers vote to join union

Dealer at the finaltable

For the first time in Atlantic City, casino table workers have voted to join a union. On Saturday, full- and part-time dealers, keno and simulcast employees at Caesars Palace voted 572 to 128 to become part of the United Auto Workers.

Many of Atlantic City's 45,000 casino workers are represented by unions, but dealers had no been among them. The Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Sports Arena Employees unions have all tried in the past to unionize them.

"We're delighted for workers at Caesars," said Elizabeth Bunn, UAW secretary-treasurer. "This huge victory is the first step in a larger effort by dealers across Atlantic City to form their own union."

According to Bunn, the next step is for the union to work with Caesars management to secure a first contract that benefits casino workers and the gaming industry in New Jersey.

The UAW is also trying to bring more dealers into the union. Their looking at workers at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, and a certification election is scheduled there March 31.

Dealers at other casinos are also actively involved in organizing efforts for the union.

According to the Associated Press, Harrah's Entertainment, which owns Caesars as well as other casinos in Atlantic City, is planning to file an objection to the vote with the National Labor Relations Board.

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