More than 100 Revel Casino Hotel employees and members of the resort’s largest casino union convened on the Atlantic City hotel and casino's offices Thursday morning, demanding the right for casino employees to unionize. Carrying a petition they intended to deliver to Revel CEO Scott Kreeger, the workers said they deserve a chance for union protections, particularly in light of the casino’s pending sale.
“We’ve heard a lot of rumors about (Revel) being sold, and we need some job security,” Rebeca Franco, a cocktail server who has worked at the casino since its opening day, told the Press of Atlantic City. “This is the most chaotic it has ever been.”
Revel, which has financially struggled since its 2012 opening, announced last year that it was pursuing a sale or possibly a second bankruptcy. Since then, rumors of several interested parties have been floated. Local lawmakers have confirmed that Hard Rock International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. are among the interested parties.
On Thursday, security eventually let some of the members of the group into the back of the casino’s house to deliver the petition. The group circulated a flier featuring nearly 70 Revel employees identified with their names, jobs and photographs. On the back was a note in English and Spanish signed by the group, which is referring to itself as the Revel Union Committee. Revel employs roughly 3,000 people.
“Revel lied to us. About raises. About respecting us and our work. We tried to make it on our own, and look where we ended up,” the note read. “New owners are coming in. And our jobs are already at risk. We are standing together to protect ourselves.”
Revel declined to comment on the petition and rally.
During the process, both the casino and the union agree to a neutral environment, meaning that neither party will make disparaging comments. If a majority of the workers pledges, the unionizing process moves forward.