Dealers at A.C. casino vote to form a union

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than 80 percent of the floor
employees at the Caesars Atlantic City casino have voted to join a
Seven-hundred dealers voted five-to-one late yesterday
(Saturday) to become part of the United Auto Workers union.
The union is also seeking to represent workers at Trump Plaza
Hotel and Casino; a certification election will be held there on
March 31st.
Alyce Parker, a spokeswoman for Harrah's Entertainment Inc.,
which owns four Atlantic City casinos including Caesar's, said the
company will be filing an objection to the vote with the National
Labor Relations Board.
The union won governmental approval for an election in February.
Union policy is to have at least 60 percent of workers sign
cards indicating their support for a union before submitting a
petition to the National Labor Relations Board seeking an election.
Many of the 45,000 casino workers in the city already are
represented by unions, including many service employees. But
dealers are not among them.
Previous efforts to unionize dealers by the Teamsters, the
United Food and Commercial Workers and the Sports Arena Employees
union all were unsuccessful.

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