Tropicana suspends workers in protest

    The Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is suspending workers who took part in a protest that blocked traffic Friday night near the casino’s entrance.

    Tropicana president Tony Rodio tells The Associated Press 21 workers were suspended indefinitely for allegedly engaging in illegal activity that interfered with the casino’s customers.
    Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union conducted what it called civil disobedience resulting in the arrest of 49 of its members after they sat down in the roadway and stopped traffic. The union was protesting the lack of a new contract and the casino’s termination of its employee pension plan in favor of cash payments to workers.

    Rodio says the casino is trying to determine whether the workers should be fired or not.

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