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Murphy unveils plan to train, hire 5,000 new service employees in AC

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Gov. Phil Murphy holds a press conference in Trenton during budget negotiations on June 22.
Gov. Phil Murphy holds a press conference in Trenton during budget negotiations on June 22. - ()

The state government will be partnering with Unite Here Local 54, a hospitality and culinary workers union in Atlantic City, to form a full-time training program that is expected to create upward of 5,000 new jobs, according to an announcement Thursday from Gov. Phil Murphy’s office.

Local 54 will partner with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and receive funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide area residents with training, education and support services for entry-level union jobs in the hospitality and culinary industry.

“A stronger and fairer economy cannot be established without good and permanent jobs for the people of New Jersey,” Murphy said in a statement. “The establishment of this program ensures that when Atlantic City rises, so do its residents.”

The program will prioritize residents who are underemployed or living in poverty. Local 54 will work with business owners and executives to ensure employment for the trainees.

Murphy spent the majority of Thursday in Atlantic City, where at the Richmond Avenue School he announced that the state will continue its oversight of the seaside town for at least the next few years.

Later this evening, he is to keynote, along with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee 2018 Conference at Harrah’s Resort & Casino.  

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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Mark September 20, 2018 5:51 pm

I thought that is why someone joins a union in the first place: To receive proper training - at the cost of the union!