The nine casinos in Atlantic City organized a job fair on Thursday and recruited table game dealers, servers, housekeeping staff, and culinary workers. The event lasted five hours and took place at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels of Revenue and Profits
Atlantic City’s casinos organized the fair at a time when the industry is continuing to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and revenue is back at pre-pandemic levels. Four Atlantic City casinos reported larger operating profits in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the same period in 2019, the pre-pandemic year.
Most of the casinos are also moving ahead with big investments, such as the renovation of Resorts Casino’s rooftop pool. And new investments mean expanded capacity, so casinos need more people to come and start working for them.
Casino Workers Asking for a Cost-Of-Living Raise
However, while the Casino Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey gaming regulator were recruiting for the positions of table game dealers and servers, their existing employees were protesting outside.
The casino workers, organized by the casino employees union, picketed outside Atlantic City Tropicana casino asking for new and improved contracts and a share of the COVID recovery funds casinos got.
Union President Bob McDevitt said that casino workers have not got “a cost-of-living raise in a while” and that while casinos were “racking up,” some pretty big profits workers were trying to find ways to make ends meet and keep pace with inflation.
Contracts between Local 54 of Unite Here, Atlantic City’s main casino employees union, and Atlantic City casinos expired on Tuesday.
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