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CASINO WORKERS COMPLETE FIRST LEG OF MARCH FOR JOBS

 CASINO WORKERS COMPLETE FIRST LEG OF MARCH FOR JOBS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten union workers have


completed the first leg of their walk through the Nevada desert in an effort to show how much they want to return to work.
 The walkers represent about 550 unionists who were forced on strike in September 1991 by the management of the Las Vegas Frontier Hotel over health and pension benefits and then "permanently replaced" for standing up to protect their families.
 The workers will cross the California state line the morning of Jan. 7 and walk an additional 200 miles before they conclude their march in Los Angeles on Jan. 17. According to the union, The Frontier Hotel gets much of its business from Southern California.
 The workers left Las Vegas on Jan. 4 and averaged 12 miles a day walking through several rainstorms. "We're starting to feel blisters and muscle cramps, but we are fully in spirit," said Local 226 Culinary member Scott MacKenzie who is one of the marchers who was "permanently replaced."
 The intimidating practice of "permanently replacing" workers forced on strike is the subject of legislation in the U.S. Senate. S.55 would ban the use of using "permanent replacements" during a strike.
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 /CONTACT: Muriel Cooper of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5010/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: California IN: SU:


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