Atlantic City casino workers union takes to the airwaves to explain strike threat

An view of Atlantic City

An view of Atlantic City

More than 5,000 Atlantic City casino workers may walk off the job on July 1, and they’re taking to the airwaves to explain why.

“Atlantic City casino workers sacrificed a lot when times were tight, for our industry and our community. Now things are getting better — for the casinos,” says the voiceover in a radio ad funded by Unite Here Local 54, the casino workers union.

Employees working without a contract at five casinos — Caesars, Bally’s, Harrah’s, the Tropicana, and the Trump Taj Mahal — voted last week to authorize a strike unless they can work out a new agreement with casino owners.

“A group of executives just got $50 million in bonuses,” says the spokeswoman, “but workers haven’t seen a cent of what we gave back.”

The union estimates an early July strike will deal a serious blow to the casinos just as the busy summer season starts to pick up.

Contract negotiations between the union and casino owners are ongoing.

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