Union: Atlantic City's Revel uses 29% part-time workers

Sep 9, 2013 9:09 PM

The growing use of part-time workers in the Atlantic City casinos has drawn complaints from the city’s most prominent union, Local 54 of the Unite-HERE Union.

Of particular concern was the Revel property, which the union says is using part-time workers at twice the city’s average. In a letter sent last week to state Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths and which was extensively reported by the AP’s Wayne Parry, the union said nearly 29 percent of the Revel’s 3,389 workers that were working as of the start of August were part-timers.

Revel has remained largely non-union despite being a major target of Local 54 since it opened in 2012. In its complaint regarding the $2.3 billion property that already has undergone bankruptcy, the union noted the hotel was the recipient of more than $2 million from the N.J. Department of Labor.

“Revel owes a debt to New Jersey, union president Bob McDevitt wrote. “Without generous subsidies, Revel would not have been built. In total, Revel received promises of over $300 million in aid from New Jersey, including a $2.6 million grant from the N.J. Department of Labor.”

According to the union, Revel has been ramping up its use of part-time employees since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in March. The average among the city’s casinos is between 12 and 13 percent of part-timers while Revel’s average has been 29 percent.

It was also noted that Borgata, half owned by Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD) and MGM Resorts International (MGM) with 6,146 employees, has more part-time workers than Revel but the percentage is only 21 percent.

Despite bankruptcy approval that wiped out $1.2 billion of its $1.5 billion debt, Revel’s operating losses continued to widen during the first six months of this calendar year. The reported loss was $81.6 million compared to last year’s $35.1 million.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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