Union Thugs Arrested, Suspended After Demonstrating, Blocking Traffic At Casino

Posted on June 20, 2012

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Think people are getting sick of dealing with unions?

New Jersey (The Gaslamp Post) – An Atlantic City casino has suspended 21 union employees after they staged a protest outside of their place of employment, which blocked traffic as well as the business’ entrance.  The Tropicana Casino has suspended the employees for an indefinite length of time, and is going to make a determination on whether or not to fire them, according to nj.com.

49 local union 54, “Unite-HERE” employees were arrested Friday, after they staged a civil disobedience demonstration, and literally sat down in the street, halting traffic.  The group was upset over not having a new contract and the company dumping its employee pension plan – and instead giving cash payments to its workers.

The union is criticizing the actions of the casino to suspend the employees, stating that they were only exercising their first amendment rights.

“This is conduct that got them arrested by the police,” said Tony Rodio, Tropicana president.  “This isn’t a free speech issue; they broke the law and interfered with our business and our customers.  Frankly, I can’t see how they didn’t think there would be repercussions from that.”

In a Friday, June 15, 2012 photo, A protestor is led away in plastic handcuffs by police after being arrested for blocking traffic outside the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City N.J. On Tuesday, (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

“Consider any other business, if you had a disgruntled employee who laid down and blocked the front entrance of your business and wouldn’t get up for an hour until he was arrested,” said Rodio.  “How eager would you be to have that employee come back to work for you?”

The Tropican is reportedly only one of two Atlantic City area casinos which do not have a contract with Local 54.

(h/t:  nj.com)

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