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Atlantic City Casino Workers Get Support

26 October 2004

TRENTON, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: " State Sen. Nicholas Asselta, R-Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland, and Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, told striking members of Local 54 of Unite Here gathered at the Statehouse steps Monday that they would support them in their negotiations with the casino industry.

"…Van Drew told the crowd he would hold his casino deregulation bill from a vote in the full Assembly until the strike was resolved, and he said he planned to take a lead role in bringing the two sides together.

"…Van Drew and Asselta were greeted with shouts and applause when they announced their support for the union.

"…Van Drew said last week he would hold his deregulation bill, also known as the 'House of Blues' bill, which allows outside parties such as slot machine owners and entertainment franchises to share in gaming profits without violating the Casino Control Act.

"Local 54, on strike since Oct. 1, is looking for a three-year contract so its expiration would coincide with contracts in Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago and other riverboat gaming cities. Negotiations so far have been unsuccessful with seven Atlantic City casinos. Last year, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa agreed to a contract expiring on Sept. 15, 2007. The three Trump casinos and Sands Casino Hotel have said they will do the same…"

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