Atlantic City’s largest casino union staged a mass protest Thursday, giving what it warned is a preview of contentious contract negotiations ahead with the gaming industry.
"We’re not going to sink to the bottom by following Morris Bailey and Resorts," Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of UNITE-HERE, said as the crowd erupted in cheers and applause during a demonstration in front of Resorts Casino Hotel.
The union, which represents about 15,000 workers at the 11 casino hotels, singled out Resorts to protest steep pay cuts imposed by the new owners of Atlantic City’s oldest gaming hall. Bailey, a New York real estate magnate, bought the financially troubled casino in December for $31.5 million.
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