By David Madden
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., (CBS) – Seasonal layoffs at struggling Atlantic City casinos are coming a little sooner than usual.
More than 300 people are being let go at Revel and the two Trump properties. Most knew they’d be laid off, but not this soon after Labor Day.
This comes as Atlantic City’s largest casino union, Local 54, complains about Revel, the one property they don’t represent. They cite Revel’s use of part-time help, a fact borne out by state employment numbers.
Israel Posner is a gaming expert at Stockton State College.
“Twenty-eight percent of their work force was part time. Overall for the industry, the average was about 14 percent,” Posner said.
Some in the gaming biz suggest it might be the opening shot in contract talks with the 11 casinos they do represent — talks that will get serious in the new year.