Thousands of Atlantic City casino workers demonstrate outside Resorts Casino Hotel on Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Thousands of casino workers protested outside Resorts Casino Hotel on Thursday, denouncing steep pay cuts most employees had to take when new owners bought the casino last year and throwing down the gauntlet to all 11 of the city’s casinos with contract talks coming up soon.

Bob McDevitt, president of the union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, said Resorts’ actions were shameful and can’t be allowed to occur at other casinos in the struggling gambling town.

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