In response to the unprecedented closure of three Atlantic City casinos in less than three weeks, UNITE HERE Local 54 joined state, county, and local government and community partners to run the AC Unites Here resource center September 3–10.
The closures affect about 7,500 workers—from the Showboat, Trump Plaza, and Revel casinos. The center was open to all workers from the closed casinos; only 2,500 of those laid off are UNITE HERE members.
The AC Unites Here resource center featured 18 different partner organizations offering services: assistance applying for unemployment benefits and food stamps, as well as mortgage modifications, utility assistance, and health care. The resource center was the largest event designed to help laid-off casino workers meet their basic needs and get back on their feet.
Over 200 Local 54 members and staff set up 100 computer stations at the Atlantic City Convention Center. An estimated 2,000 people came through the resource center in the first three days, applying for benefits in 9 different languages.