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Casino workers to get big salary bump

Labor contract to double pay for some

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Thu Nov 7, 2013.

More than 1,300 workers at Resorts World Casino New York City will see a major pay raise after an arbitrator ruled in favor of the union representing them in a case against the gaming facility.

The Hotel Trades Council said under the new labor contract, wages will rise from an average $10.15 an hour to an average of $19.91 immediately with the average wage hitting $28.54 an hour by 2016. In the final year of the agreement, a majority of workers will make over $60,000 a year.

The contract provides for free family healthcare, free training programs for career advancement and retirement security for workers. A total of 1,375 workers are affected by the contract — three-quarters of the casino’s workforce.

“This landmark contract will provide a pathway from poverty to the middle class for thousands of New Yorkers. With this contract, we have created a blueprint that will set a standard for future contracts with the gaming industry throughout the state,” said Peter Ward, president of the Hotel Trades Council. “This is a win-win for employees and for the future of New York’s middle class.”

The agreement comes after a two-year negotiation — which the union described as “harmonious” and “productive” — with Resorts World’s parent company, Genting.

The casino issued a statement saying it would immediately implement the ruling.

“We respect and will implement the arbitrator’s award as required and will continue to focus our efforts on improving our facility,” Kerri Lyon, a spokeswoman for Resorts World, said in a statement.

The negotiation was overseen by an arbitrator agreed to by both sides. It comes the same week the casino, the most profitable on the Eastern Seaboard, celebrates its second birthday, and a week before voters will decide on a referendum that would allow an expansion of casino gambling upstate.

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