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Atlantic City Union Plans Weekend Rally

14 October 2004

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Striking casino workers will take their protest back to the streets this weekend in what promises to be a massive rally, even larger than a Boardwalk march last month that drew thousands of people.

"Local 54 of Unite Here, which represents 10,000 striking workers at seven casino hotels, plans to stage a march down Pacific Avenue on Saturday, threatening to snarl traffic on the city's main thoroughfare. The Local 54 Web site reported Wednesday that the march will feature hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean.

"…Local 54 President Bob McDevitt said the rally is expected to attract more protesters than the 7,000 union supporters who marched on the Boardwalk on Sept. 16, then the largest labor demonstration in the city's history.

"…According to Local 54's Web site, the march is scheduled to begin at noon at the Showboat Casino-Hotel at New Jersey Avenue and make its way south along Pacific Avenue, past other casinos that are the target of the 13-day-old strike.

"The march will end about 90 minutes later in front of the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort on Boston Avenue, about two miles from the Showboat.

"…Local 54 members have been working without a contract since Sept. 15. They walked off the job Oct. 1 at Showboat, the Hilton, Bally's Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Resorts Atlantic City, Harrah's Atlantic City and Tropicana Casino and Resort, forcing those casinos to use managers and nonunion workers to replace striking employees…"

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