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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 17, 2016

Atlantic City casino workers voted Thursday to authorize a strike starting July 1. The walkout would affect about 6,000 servers, housekeepers, bell staff and casino staff at Tropicana, Caesars, Bally's, Trump Taj Mahal and Harrah's resorts. Borgata, Resorts and Golden Nugget would not be affected. 

Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of Unite Here -- the union that represents workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation and airport industries -- said, "Today thousands of workers from Tropicana, Caesars, Bally's and Harrah's voted to authorize a strike on July 1 if they don't have a fair contract. The vote was 96 percent in favor. We have told the companies that we are available days, evenings and weekends to negotiate. The ball is in their court."

A statement on Unite Here's website says, "The Atlantic City's gaming industry is a $2.5 billion industry. The existing casinos just saw their best year in almost a decade, with operating profit growth of 40 percent in the last year alone. But during the recession, Atlantic City gaming workers gave back, with many seeing only $.80 in raises over the last twelve years."

The casinos have not yet responded to the vote.