Mass jobless filing for laid-off casino workers

Mass jobless filing for laid-off casino workers

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Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment) Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)

By WAYNE PARRY

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - One of the region's largest mass-filings for unemployment and other benefits will begin next week for newly laid-off Atlantic City casino workers in an outreach effort so large it had to book part of the city's convention center.

The Showboat and Revel are shutting down this weekend, putting more than 5,000 workers out of work. Trump Plaza will add even more when it closes Sept. 16.

The main casino workers' union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, is starting a resource center next week to help ex-casino workers file for unemployment, register for health insurance, and get information on food stamps and other assistance.

It will run from 9-to-5 from Sept. 3 through 10 at the convention center, then will move to an as-yet undetermined location following the Trump Plaza shutdown.

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