Gaming workers at The LINQ, Paris/Bally’s casinos overwhelmingly approve contracts
LAS VEGAS — UAW-represented table games dealers at The LINQ casino and slot attendants at the Paris/Bally’s casinos overwhelmingly ratified first-ever contracts that raise wages, protect tips received by employees, and provide a fair and just grievance system, among other improvements at the properties on the strip.
The gaming workers, all members of UAW Local 3555, ratified the agreements last week. The contract for the 287 dealers at The LINQ was ratified by a 99 percent margin. The contract for the 38 slot attendants at Paris/Bally’s was unanimously supported. The agreements, which include guaranteed raises in each year for all employees, expire on Sept. 30, 2019.
Marlo Brooks, the chair of the LINQ bargaining committee, said there were dealers who were not making $9 an hour after decades on the job. The guaranteed raises provided in the agreement are far superior to so-called merit raises. The bargaining committee investigated and found that very few dealers actually received those raises.
“Their merit raises are nothing compared to what they are going to be,” Brooks said. “Ninety-nine percent of (the members) are really excited.”
Michael Boudell, chair of the Paris/Bally’s bargaining committee, said slot attendants were pleased with the economic gains, but non-economic gains were important, too.
“With our UAW contract, we finally have a process that protects the workers by which we can hold our employer accountable and a grievance procedure that assures us that discipline is for just cause,” said Boudell, who noted that the slot attendants also work at the Bally’s casino, which is connected to the Paris property. “The workers are thrilled that we all have a seniority structure that replaces an old matrix system that was based on favoritism.”
Gary Jones, director of UAW Region 5, which includes Nevada, said the bargaining committees did an outstanding job at winning agreements that address the employees’ needs at each particular property.
“All properties have different needs and the bargaining committees won strong improvements and protections that will serve their memberships well for years to come,” Jones said. “The solidarity shown by Local 3555 members helped these committees craft solid agreements.”
The ratifications come nearly one year after UAW-represented gaming workers at the Flamingo/Margaritaville casinos ratified their first-ever contract. The UAW now represents more than 750 gaming employees on The Strip and more than 12,000 gaming workers in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, and Rhode Island.
Neil Berson, president of Local 3555, said the strong member support for the contracts also strengthen the UAW’s presence in Las Vegas.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Berson said. “These are contracts that protect the workers, that give the workers rights, and that give the workers something that they didn’t have before.”