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Atlantic City Casinos Send for Help

4 October 2004

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "At least six casinos decided this weekend to bring in replacement workers as the casino-workers strike entered its third day.

"Harrah's Atlantic City spokeswoman Susan Kotzen said Harrah's Inc. flew in 300 employees Sunday night from sister casinos nationwide. They will help at Harrah's and Showboat Casino Hotel, she said.

"Caesars Entertainment also is in the process of bringing in planeloads of employees from other Caesars properties nationwide, said Brian Cahill, a spokesman for the company. The new arrivals will fill in for striking workers at Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort and Caesars Atlantic City, he said.

"Tropicana Casino and Resort plans to start contracting housekeeping services today, bringing in between 80 and 100 workers to clean rooms, spokeswoman Maureen Siman said.

"…While patrons had to eat off of disposable plates at times, and many restaurants and shops were closed, casino officials say the strike of 11,000 casino-hotel workers has caused only minor glitches.

"…Inside the casinos, some bathrooms and many restaurants were closed. However, most weekend guests interviewed said service was acceptable and even impressive, given the circumstances.

"…However, some said they were disappointed with their weekend stays…"

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