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Atlantic City Casinos Are Nearing a Strike During July 4 Holiday Weekend

  • Workers at five resorts seeking higher pay amid low staffing
  • Unions demand slice of riches with N.J. gambling resurgence
Slot machines stand on a casino floor in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Slot machines stand on a casino floor in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Photographer: Sarah Blesener/Bloomberg

Thousands of workers at Atlantic City, New Jersey, casinos are signing up for strike pay amid a threat to leave their jobs on a long holiday weekend. Walkouts could cost the oceanside resorts a collective $2.6 million per day, their union says.

The job action involves five of the gambling destination’s nine properties: Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Tropicana, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and Hard Rock. The contract negotiations and strike deadline is July 1 for all but Hard Rock, set for July 3, amid the Independence Day holiday.