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10,000 March in Support of Atlantic City Strike

18 October 2004

ATLANTIC CITY -- As reported by the Associated Press: "Thousands of striking casino and hotel workers staged a peaceful rally this weekend to protest stalled contract talks with seven city casinos, but their union president and two other men were arrested after the marchers ignored a court order and took their protest to the street.

"Pacific Avenue, one of the city's major roadways, was shut down for nearly two hours on Saturday after the group of about 10,000 people -- including casino workers from other cities who came to support the members of Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union -- left the sidewalk and began marching on the highway.

"A judge had issued an injunction that barred the group from marching in the street, and Local 54 President Robert McDevitt was charged with criminal contempt of court after authorities said he led the marchers into the street…"

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