Slot Techs Threaten Strike at Tropicana

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    Slot technicians are threatening to go on strike at the Tropicana.

    Slot technicians at The Tropicana Casino and Resort have authorized a strike against the casino, which is about to be sold in a bankruptcy auction.

         The 23 workers represented by the United Auto Workers are protesting the lack of a contract after more than a year of negotiations.
    The technicians maintain and repair slot machines, which are the main money-makers for Atlantic City's 11 casinos.
    The casino is considering layoffs and steep increases in the cost of employee health care coverage.
    The Tropicana has been operating under a state conservator because its former owners were stripped of their casino license. A Baltimore company is the leading candidate to buy it in a bankruptcy court auction.
    A strike would be the first involving casino floor personnel in Atlantic City since 1982. That walkout collapsed in three days and led to the demise of a fledgling union.