Smoking Ban in Atlantic Must Wait A Couple Weeks

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Atlantic City is close to making sure that there is no smoking inside the city’s casino floors, but the ordinance will have to wait. It seems City Council President William Marsh is pouting over not being involved in a late change to the ordinance.

Several councilmen made a couple of last minute changes to the ordinance without the knowledge of Marsh. Since he felt it is inconceivable that any changes should be made without his involvement, he decided to punish non smokers for a couple of more weeks.

“Everyone knew but me, until I got a call from a reporter. There was never discussion with me. I deserve that respect,” said Marsh. Obviously he felt slighted by not being informed of the minor changes.

Patrons of the casinos that were looking forward to the non smoking ordinance, will now have to wait a couple of weeks until the ordinance is reconsidered.

Hopefully by then, Marsh will get the respect he feels he deserves. In the meantime, smokers who go to the casinos will hope that somebody else annoys Marsh. Then maybe he will delay the smoking ordinance again.

When the ordinance is finally passed, casinos will have to have designated smoking areas. They will have to be separated by walls. Construction will need to be done at many of the casinos to comply with the new laws.

West Virginia Casino Shows Arrogance in Union Negotiations

Around the country, there is a growing trend among casino workers. they are turning their fate over to negotiators, and are joining unions in record numbers for the industry.

One union in West Virginia, has its workers prepared for a strike starting on Saturday night. the workers are not happy with the wages and benefits they are receiving.

The casino, the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, has about two hundred workers ready to walk out on Saturday night if there is not an agreement reached. Negotiators have gone back to the table to try and get a deal worked out.

A Federal mediator was the one who pushed the sides back to the negotiating table, according to Kevin Kilroy, a spokesman for Local 23.

The casino’s executives have shown to be indifferent to whether or not the workers walk out. they have showed their arrogance by claiming that even if the walk out does occur, it will not effect business.

That attitude of not needing these workers is the thought process that puts these two sides in this position in the first place. The workers are claiming that they cannot afford health care with the poverty wages they are paid.

The sides will continue to negotiate up until the strike deadline on Saturday.

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