Casino workers protest in Atlantic City over health care

BY Rhonda Schaffler, Correspondent |

While New Jersey businesses are looking forward to reopening over the next two weeks, some are concerned about having enough capital to operate. This week there’s been a renewed push to help those businesses. In the city of Trenton, businesses can receive low-interest loans of up to $20,000. Meantime, the New Jersey 30 Day Fund , the nonprofit funded by Governor Chris Christie and his wife, has already awarded its first round of forgivable loans to ten small businesses in the state.

In Atlantic City hundreds of casino workers took part in a car caravan, to demand that casino companies extend their health benefits. While these workers have been laid off, their union, Unite Here Local 54, has been paying for their health care. But the union health insurance fund won’t be able to cover costs after the end of the month. The workers are demanding that MGM and Caesars step in and pay for their health care coverage.

In New Jersey and across the country, many companies ceased work to allow their employees a day of reflection on this Juneteenth. Some of the biggest companies in the US – including technology, auto manufacturing, retail and banking firms – observed the day.