Casino workers’ union, Unite Here, is trying to keep the Revel casino from being built in Atlantic City. Why would a union representing casino workers want to do that? “The project would supply thousands of jobs, but Unite Here says the developers want to make Revel the only nonunion casino in Atlantic City.”
When Sheldon Adelson purchased the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas years ago, he inherited its union employees and didn’t necessarily care about being a union property or not. But one morning a Culinary Union employee working behind the counter of a yogurt stand refused to serve him. The employee who had the job classification that allowed for waiting on customers was on break. The two employees left behind the counter could not, per the union contract. Adelson knew he couldn’t operate a 5-star resort with those union rules.
The Culinary Union told Adelson that he would never get out of the ground if he didn’t sign a union contract. Adelson’s Venetian and Palazzo are still non-union today.