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Labor, community rally to pack Atlantic City on June 21

05.21.08

http://www.uaw.org/news/newsarticle.cfm?ArtId=483

Major demonstration to support workers’ fight for fair contracts

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ## A united labor movement, backed by community supporters, will stage a major demonstration in downtown Atlantic City on June 21, union members announced today.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the labor and community mobilization to back the fight by Atlantic City casino dealers, slot technicians, keno and simulcast employees and other workers for fair contracts. Speakers will include UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.

Since March 2007, casino workers have organized and won six union representation elections at four major Atlantic City casinos: Caesars, Trump Plaza, Bally’s and Tropicana.

Despite overwhelming pro-union majorities and elections that have been recognized by the National Labor Relations Board, casino operators have repeatedly stalled contract talks, and none of the workers who voted for union representation has a signed contract ## yet.

“Atlantic City is a union town, and the casino industry here is a union industry,” said Charlie Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO. “Inside every Atlantic City casino, the waiters, the bartenders, the drivers, the maintenance staff, the housekeeping staff ## they all have a union and the protection of a union contract.

“If dealers and slot techs and other workers want a contract, they have the same right. We’re going to make sure the casino operators hear that message loud and clear on June 21.”

Full Story at link at top of story.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This item was found at the Democratic Underground Labor Forum.

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