As many know, Local 54 is the biggest private-sector union in the tri-state region. In fact, they have nearly 10,000 members alone! Now, we’re learning that those numbers are soon to get much higher. In recent reports, there’s been some positive progress with Hard Rock in AC and Ocean Resorts Casino (ORC) too. So, let’s examine the details here and find out how long this process is going to take for the employees to join the union!
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Unfortunately, the progress for both casinos is moving at different speeds. However, Hard Rock took quick action to secure its employees several months before they officially opened. So in terms of progress, they had an early jump on Ocean Resort Casino. Plus, the future of ORC is still kind of up in the air since the mentioning of Bruce Deifik selling the property to an unidentified buyer more than three weeks ago.
With that said, it already takes several months, if not years, to verify that all signatures are authentic. So who knows what will happen next for ORC. At the same time, Hard Rock is an Internationally famous brand with hundreds of properties worldwide. And the chances of them leaving AC anytime soon is slim next to none. So it only makes sense to learn that they’re advancing closer toward unionization.
As of now, Hard Rock employs over 1,500 workers. So making sure everyone is protected is a top priority. In fact, the company discussed with the union long before opening its doors. At the moment, Local 54 represents more than 8,500 Atlantic City casino workers. So, this will definitely push them over 10,000 members. According to the President of Local 54 Bob McDevitt, “Things are happening really fast with Hard Rock. Which, we attribute this progress to their willingness and leadership. Plus, it’s always been our goal to get the Hard Rock contract done first,” said the President of the association in a recent press update.