ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's largest casino workers union sued the city government on Monday objecting to the city's decision not to put two referenda the union supported on this November's ballot.
Local 54 of the UNITE HERE union wanted voters to have a say on two measures it's pushing. One would ban a policy enacted by the new Revel casino to hire many employees to terms of four to six years.
The second would have required casinos provide sick leave and other employee benefits, including childcare.
City officials said last month that the proposals would have handcuffed the city council and that the organizers did not collect enough signatures.
At the time, union officials said the city's reasoning was bad and promised a legal challenge.
"Rather than obey the law and put these ordinances on the ballot, Atlantic City has chosen to waste taxpayer money by forcing us to sue them to allow for democracy in this city," said Bob McDevitt, President of Local 54, said in a statement Monday.
Mayor Lorenzo Langford did not immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.
One of the legal issues is that the city said to be put on the ballot, a referenda needs signatures from 15 percent of the city's registered voters. The unions says it's required to collect signatures equal to 15 percent of the number of city residents who voted in last year's Assembly election — a much lower standard.