Workers Union Further Hurting Atlantic City Casino Gambling
The United Auto Workers are not new to this form of negotiation. They have represented millions of workers and the union knows when it is time to turn up the heat. That is exactly what they are doing in Atlantic City.
Bally's and Caesar's workers that are unhappy with their current situation have agreed to a strike. On Thursday evening, the union began picketing outside of the two casinos, and it is just the latest attempt to get the casino owners attention.
The union last weekend employed the tactic of using large trucks that were moving slowly to slow down traffic. The casinos cannot afford this type of action, and they are calling on the union to stop using these tactics.
"Although the casino owners are telling the union that it is bad for business and that the workers will suffer by decreased business, the union is marching on with its plan," said observer Manuel Bell, "eventually, the casinos will have to sit down and negotiate or else these scare tactics will only get worse."
The strike has not begun at either of the casinos, but one has been authorized by workers at both. Trump Plaza workers have also voted to strike, but they have not started their strike as well. It is likely the UAW will try all other avenues before moving on to the strike.
Atlantic City casinos have been dropping revenue from month to month at a staggering rate. The disruptions that the UAW are causing outside the casinos is only further evidence of how casino owners have lost control of their businesses.
A couple of years ago it looked as though Atlantic City was going to return to casino gaming prominence. That, however, is when the economy crashed, and many projects, both new and renovations, were put on the back burner.
July 31, 2009
Posted By Tom Jones
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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