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September 1, 2011
City Threatens to Prosecute Union Members for Demonstrating on the Boardwalk
(Atlantic City, NJ)–Setting the stage for what may be a major civil disobedience on Labor Day Weekend, the City of Atlantic City has threatened to prosecute UNITE HERE Local 54 picketers on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
"The Atlantic City Solicitors’ office is trying to use the threat of prosecution to stop workers from exercising their right to picket. We will not be intimidated. We will be peaceful, we will not obstruct anyone, but we are not backing down and giving up our rights," said Bob McDevitt, President of the 14,000 member UNITE HERE Local 54.
McDevitt added, "We are going to exercise our constitutional rights to picket whether or not the City acknowledges those rights exist. If there are mass arrests, the City will be engaging in gross violations of people’s rights."
Contracts with 9 casinos expire on September 15 potentially setting the stage for more labor actions in Atlantic City.
Local 54 represents 14,000 service workers at Atlantic City’s 11 casinos. In 2004, Local 54 struck at seven casinos for 34 days.