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Workers seek to keep endangered casinos in Atlantic City open

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Many workers at three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down in the next few months are trying to keep them open.

Workers at the Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel, along with their union, are lining up political support, rallying public opinion against the planned shutdowns, and offering flexibility in negotiating a contract with anyone who would buy a casino and keep it open.

Many workers refuse to accept that they are no longer needed or wanted, said Bob McDevitt, president, Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union.

The union is contacting potential buyers for the casinos, saying they can be profitably run if bought at a low enough price.

Showboat beverage server Melanie Gillespie said many workers don't want to go down without a fight.


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