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Workers at Atlantic City casinos strike

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Most Atlantic City casinos were targeted with strikes Saturday by employees seeking three-year contracts with better pay, benefits and job protection.

Some 11,000 workers who have been without a contract since last month walked off their jobs Friday at seven of the city's 12 casinos, the Press of Atlantic City reported Saturday.

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Strikers want improved wage and benefits packages, "protection" against leased restaurants that don't hire union workers, a guarantee the contract will remain valid even if the casino is sold, and a three-year term on the deal that will be coordinated with casino contracts across the country.

The job actions were aimed at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort, Bally's Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah's Atlantic City, Resorts Atlantic City, the Showboat Casino Hotel and the Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Not involved in the strike were the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Sands Atlantic City, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, the Trump Marino Hotel Casino and the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.

No weekend negotiations were scheduled.

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