More than 700 dealers at Tropicana Casino and Resort approve historic first contract in Atlantic City


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Workers at the Tropicana Casino and Resort voted in favor of a tentative agreement today for the casino's dealers by a 91 percent majority.

This collective bargaining agreement is the first contract for Atlantic City dealers after workers at several casinos organized with the UAW in August 2007.  The Tropicana is one of four casinos in Atlantic City where thousands of workers organized with the UAW, and is the first to reach a tentative contract. Dealers at the Tropicana voted by an overwhelming majority to join the union in 2007, with 80 percent of workers supporting the union.

"We are overjoyed about reaching this agreement and moving forward to help workers at the other Atlantic City casinos win a fair contract and the respect they deserve," said Scott Adams, UAW Region 9 director.

In March 2010, the Tropicana was acquired out of bankruptcy by a group of investors headed by Carl C. Icahn, and bargaining progressed since the takeover by new owners.

"We are very happy that we have reached this historic achievement where all constituencies will benefit," said Icahn, chairman of the board of Tropicana Entertainment Inc., which owns the Tropicana.

"We are very pleased to enter into a long-term partnership with the United Auto Workers," said Scott Butera, president and chief executive officer of Tropicana Entertainment Inc., which owns the Tropicana.

"This collective bargaining agreement will offer our table games dealers a rewarding work environment as they continue to provide our guests with high quality gaming and entertainment experiences," Butera said. 

"We look forward to a productive relationship with Scott Butera, Mark Giannantonio and the rest of the casino's management team, and to working together to make the Tropicana a great place for customers, workers and investors," said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union's Gaming Department.  

Details of the contract were explained at informational meetings for Tropicana workers on Aug. 18 and 19. Voting took place following the meetings.  The contract is 5-year agreement and contains an 18 percent wage increase over the length of the contract.