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Bally's security join union vote

3 May 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Security officers will vote next month on union representation at Bally's Atlantic City, where another union recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to represent table games employees.

"Encouraged by the United Auto Workers' move to organize Atlantic City dealers, the International Union of the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America has been conducting an organizing drive of its own during the past few months. Bally's is the first casino for which SPFPA has won an election date, although the union is targeting workers at all 11 casinos.

"…The bargaining unit includes 230 full- and part-time casino and hotel security officers, fire-command officers and security-operations specialists. Employees will vote June 3.

"…Maritas said he believes security officers — he estimated there were between 2,000 and 2,500 total in Atlantic City, with Bally's having one of the highest totals — will support the union in an election largely because they are seeking higher wages. The average casino security officer here earns between $10 and $13 per hour, while employees whom the Roseville, Mich.-based union represents at three Detroit casinos earn as much as $17, Maritas said…"

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