Hard Rock Atlantic City agrees deal with staff to avoid holiday weekend strikes

Hard Rock International agreed on a deal with Local 54 Unite Here to avoid a worker strike across its 1500 members of staff on the weekend before Independence Day

Hard Rock International agreed on a deal with Local 54 Unite Here to avoid a worker strike across its 1500 members of staff on the weekend before Independence DayImage: Shutterstock

Hard Rock International agreed on a deal with Local 54 Unite Here to avoid a worker strike across its 1500 members of staff on the weekend before Independence Day.

Set to strike on Sunday, workers were in a dispute over pay due to high levels of inflation, demanding a pay increase to fend off increasing prices in fuel, food and rent. 

Securing the agreement meant that Atlantic City could remain open to capitalise on a busy weekend following tough economic conditions for the casino industry throughout the last two years. 

A Unite Here statement announcing the deal read: “The union’s worker negotiating committee at the property have approved the agreement and will set a date for a ratification vote from the entire membership soon. 

“Seven of the nine casinos in Atlantic City now have agreements in place with the union Local 54. Golden Nugget and Resorts have yet to reach new agreements.”

Speaking to Yahoo, Jim Allen, Chair of Hard Rock International, expressed his delight at securing a new deal with the casino’s workers. 

He noted: “We are extremely pleased that we were once again able to reach a successful settlement with Unite Here Local 54 to increase wages and benefits for our deserving team members.

“We look forward to further expanding this excellent relationship at both the national and local levels as we expand our iconic brand.”

Author: Ava Harvey