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Workers seek to keep endangered casinos open

Local News | Jul 17, 2014

Workers seek to keep endangered casinos open

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Many workers at three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down in the next few months are trying to keep them open.

Workers at the Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel, along with their union, are lining up political support and rallying public opinion against the planned shutdowns. They also are offering flexibility in negotiating a contract with anyone who would buy a casino and keep it open.

Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, says many workers refuse to accept that they are no longer needed or wanted. The union plans to contact potential buyers for the casinos, saying they can be profitably run if bought at a low enough price.

Showboat beverage server Melanie Gillespie says many workers don’t want to go down without a fight.

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