Another casino votes
for dealers’ union

Apr 3, 2007 5:14 AM

A strong majority of workers at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino voted in favor of union representation in an election conducted last Saturday of full-time and regular part-time dealers.

The vote was 324 to 149 to become part of the UAW.

"The election victory is superb news for Trump Plaza dealers and all Atlantic City dealers. Their courage and determination makes us proud to stand with them as they work to make their jobs and their lives better," said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Bunn, who heads the union’s Technical, Office and Professional Department. "We look forward to bargaining with Trump Plaza management to secure a great first contract that benefits casino workers and the gaming industry in New Jersey."

The new bargaining unit at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino includes table game dealers, dual-rate dealers and dual-rate supervisors. Dealers’ issues include low pay, meager health benefits, no seniority rights and poor treatment on the job.

"Dealers are on the move. This victory demonstrates, yet again, the desire of so many Atlantic City casino dealers to have a real say about their wages, benefits and working conditions," said Joe Ashton, who directs the UAW’s Region 9, which includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. "We know from experience that no matter what management says during an election, workers are better off when they’re part of a union and can negotiate on an equal footing with their employer. We’re ready to work with the Trump Plaza dealers as they elect their bargaining committee and prepare for negotiations."

The vote at Trump Plaza is the second in a city-wide effort by dealers to form a union. Dealers at Caesars Atlantic City voted 572-128 in favor of UAW representation in an election last month. On March 30, dealers at Trump Marina Hotel and Casino filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board requesting a union representation election.

Dealers at several other casinos are actively involved in organizing efforts.