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Unions picket A.C. casinos

27 July 2009

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer: "In a show of support for their dealer brethren, about 150 pickets who are members of casino unions in Atlantic City marched in front of Caesars Casino last night.

"'It's been two years too long for a fair contract for the working members of Caesars, Bally's, Tropicana, and Trump Plaza,' said Scott Adams, assistant director of UAW Regional 9, which includes New Jersey, as he gathered members for the protest yesterday that started just before 5 p.m. and ended about 7.

"Adams was alluding to dealers at the four casinos who voted in 2007 to join the United Auto Workers. The UAW has since been unsuccessful in negotiating a first-ever contract with the owners of the casinos. The dealers contend the casino owners are cutting their health and retirement benefits and work hours while giving themselves bonuses.

"In addition to picketing Caesars, which has a major table-games clientele, about four dozen cars driven by protesters circled the casino repeatedly.

"Harrah's Entertainment Inc., owner of Bally's and Caesars, described the protest as another stunt 'in an escalating series of irresponsible and counterproductive tactics that hurt the viability of Atlantic City and the very employees the UAW claims to represent...'"

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