'March to Save Good Union Jobs in Atlantic City' planned for Wednesday

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ATLANTIC CITY – The announcement of plans to close the Showboat hotel and casino has prompted a call to action by state and local union leadership.

New Jersey State AFL-CIO and the Atlantic and Cape May Counties Central Labor Council will stage a “March to Save Good Union Jobs in Atlantic City” 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

“Closure of the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City would result in the loss of 2,100 good jobs for the community,” notes a press statement from the AFL-CIO. It adds that members of UNITE HERE! Local 54, IUOE 68, IUPAT D.C. 711, Carpenters 255, and the Teamsters would all be affected.

“That is why we ask all affiliates and community partners to join for a march in Atlantic City to bring all stakeholders to the table and explore all possible options to keep the Showboat in business.”

The AFL-CIO press release, signed by Charles Wowkanech, union president; and Laurel Brennan, secretary treasurer, says closing the Showboat would not only eliminate middle class jobs, it would also further jeopardize the struggling economy of Atlantic City by hurting nearby small businesses.

The 5 p.m. rally has two staging locations; at Showboat, 801 Boardwalk; and at Brighton Park, next to the Korean War Memorial.

“We ask that you please join us for a march on the Atlantic City Boardwalk so that we can preserve good jobs and achieve a bright future for the city,” the announcement states. “No matter what side of the table we sit on, our common goal is to support good jobs and businesses which build a stronger more sustainable community.”

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