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Union Requests Strikes at Five Atlantic City Casino

Bob McDevitt, President of Local 54, who says that workers made sacrifices if the casino industry's chips were down and he wants these reversed.

Atlantic City is facing action that is industrial five of its eight gambling enterprises, as workers voted overwhelmingly to hit on July 1 unless work agreement negotiations are resolved.

Members of neighborhood 54 of the Unite-HERE union were 96 percent in support of the walkout at Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's as well as the Tropicana. The union had already voted to authorize a strike at Carl Icahn's Trump Taj Mahal last thirty days, although it's not clear whether it'll be included in the July 1 action.

Meanwhile, Borgata, Golden Nugget, and Resorts have been exempted because negotiations are progressing, the union said.

Sacrifices Made In Atlantic City

'Today thousands of workers from Tropicana, Caesars, Bally's and Harrah's voted to authorize a strike on July 1 if they don't have a contract that is fair' said Bob McDevitt. 'We have told the companies we are available days, evenings, and weekends to negotiate.

'The ball's in their court, he added. 'They need to supply these employees a fair contract. We threw in the towel plenty when times were bad, now they are making cash, they need certainly to give back to us.'

The union is aggrieved because it believes workers have consented to make sacrifices over the past few years while the casino industry has experienced financial difficult