October 25, 2012
RE: Labor situation at Trop and Revel in Atlantic City during the League Conference
I want to bring you up to speed on an issue involving the Trop and Revel hotel properties in Atlantic City and UNITE HERE Local 54. For many months the local and the properties have been negotiating and at odds with regards to labor contracts and representation.
At the risk of simplifying, Local 54 is unhappy with changes imposed at Tropicana and they are unhappy with Revel’s decision to be a non-union hotel. Those issues are disputes between management and labor at those hotels and the League is not getting in the middle. We have met with Local 54 three times at their request and made it clear that the League is not getting in the middle and we hope they can work out their differences with management for the benefit of Atlantic City and hotel guests. Their demand that the League cancel its room blocks at Tropicana and Revel are not acceptable because they would put the League in the middle of the issue, and create logistical problems with events, transportation and room blocks. Currently there are 1,300 room reservations at Revel and approximately 1,000 room reservations at Trop.
The local is now seeking pledges from mayors who will agree not to use these properties while participating in the Annual League Conference November 12-15, 2012.
Just to clarify; the League is not a party to the labor talks and will not get in the middle. The Conference schedule is fully developed and no League arrangements will be changed or cancelled. You can see the full conference schedule on the League’s web site www.njslom.org
If you have questions about these issues please contact me at extension 122 or Michael Darcy at extension 116.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.