BALTIMORE, Md.—Table-games dealers at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will get raises of at least 10% in their income

New five-year deal for Baltimore table game dealers. Photo – Marco Verch.

before tips under their first union contract, the National Gaming Workers’ Coalition announced Oct. 19. The five-year deal is the first contract since the five-union coalition organized about 1,000 gaming and food and beverage workers at the casino, which is owned by Caesar’s Entertainment. The 570 table-games dealers and other casino workers who depend on tips for a significant part of their wages, whose old base pay ranged from $3.72 to $10.76 an hour, will now make $4.66-$11.20, going up to $7.90-$12.53 in October 2021. Pay for non-tipped casino employees increased from $9.25-$27 to $10.56-$29.15 this month, and will rise to $14.67-$31.39 in October 2021. The agreement also gives workers a no-deductible health-insurance plan. “We’ve improved our working conditions across the board with this contract,” Aaron Carter, bargaining committee chairman of United Auto Workers Local 17, which represents dealers, said in the announcement. The four other unions are UNITE HERE Local 7, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 19, Teamsters Local 355, and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 37.

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