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Workers At Strapped Atlantic City Casinos Face Steep Pay Cuts

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Workers in contract talks with Atlantic City’s casinos fear losing something a lot worse than money: their place in the middle class.

With the gambling halls seeking steep pay cuts, plus contributions to health care and benefit costs, service workers at the casinos say they fear losing a middle-class lifestyle if the cuts go through.

Some have already seen their pay cut steeply. That has made them give up things like cable TV, Internet, dinners out, movies and even air conditioning.

The casinos say they need concessions to keep Atlantic City alive in the face of growing competition from casinos in neighboring states.

Contracts between the Unite-HERE union and 10 of the 11 casinos expired last month.

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  • hadenoughuc

    its always the actual workers losing ,cut the fat from up top .

  • Wise One

    It’s the crime and the overflowing ghetto-welfare moocher local population with no tax base except the casinos. But mostly, it’s the crime.

  • KRG

    It’s not just the economy or the competition from other States who offer casino gambling. The AC casinos, with the exception of the Borgata, are still operating under the same business model as were two decades ago.

  • m.a.g.

    The AC casinos blew it years ago when they decided not to make good on the promises they made when they were allowed to build casinos in the first place.They had their chance, they all made their money.Now go quietly away and let others make some money.

  • leebest

    I’m just one small casino player but going to AC means driving 70 miles each way (from Lower Bucks) which I wouldn’t mind except for the terrible drivers on the AC Xway (tired of getting tailgated as I do 72 in the right lane); the tolls on the Xway and the $5 bridge toll to get out of NJ. Too many stumbling blocks to enjoy a day trip. Parx Casino is so close so that is where I go. Multiply that by hundreds of people…..

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