By CBS3 Staff

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Atlantic City casino union workers have reached a tentative agreement with their employers to avoid a strike. Workers from the Borgata, Caesars, Harrah’s, and Tropicana were threatening to walk off the job if they didn’t have a deal by 12:01 a.m. Friday.

The workers, who are members of UNITE HERE Local 54, include housekeepers, bartenders, catering staff and cooks at the casinos.

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The union was demanding higher wages, claiming current salaries are lower compared to salaries at similar jobs in the market.

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Union representatives believe higher wages could attract more workers, which would alleviate an ongoing casino labor shortage.

Details of the agreement are not available at this time.

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A strike deadline remains in effect for the Hard Rock Casino. The deadline to reach a new deal there is July 3.