Thousands of bartenders, cocktail waitresses and other workers donned ponchos and hats to walk picket lines in the rain Saturday, the second day of a strike against seven of Atlantic City's casino-hotels.
Union members want a three-year contract, casino-funded health care and protection against the use of nonunion restaurant workers. Their five-year contract expired Sept. 15.
Visitors, meanwhile, faced a weekend of noisy picket-line protests, closed restaurants, and uneven service from executives and others performing unfamiliar tasks in the strikers' absence.
Of Atlantic City's 12 casinos, the strike affected Bally's Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah's Atlantic City, Showboat Hotel-Casino, the Atlantic City Hilton, Resorts Atlantic City, and the Tropicana Casino and Resort.
No new talks were scheduled between the union and managers.
A judge Saturday granted a temporary restraining order imposing restrictions on where striking workers could picket. Casinos had complained union members were creating safety hazards by blocking sidewalks so much that some pedestrians had to walk in the street.
Card dealers, front-office executives and other workers not belonging to Local 54 substituted for the strikers. At Resorts, a vice president of hotel operations gave out valet parking tickets to customers.