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AC casino union drive gets nasty

21 February 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "A union drive at Atlantic City casinos is starting to sound more like a nasty political campaign, with each side accusing the other of using intimidation tactics and dirty tricks.

"The United Auto Workers union, which is trying to organize casino dealers, released a copy of an internal casino memo that it says shows a clear anti-union bias and lays out a 'game plan' by one senior gaming executive to manipulate media coverage of the union drive.

"…The casino memo was mistakenly faxed to the union when Anthony Rodio, the regional president of the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort and sister property Resorts Atlantic City, sent a letter to the UAW on Monday asking it to refrain from any type of 'intimidation and coercion]' of casino dealers.

"…Rodio denied that the memo included any inflammatory language directed at the UAW and further insisted that there was no attempt on his part to influence the media.

"…The UAW is pushing to give casino dealers union representation for the first time in Atlantic City's 29-year history of gaming…"

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