ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Four of the nation’s largest labor unions are teaming up to kick-start stalled contract talks with casinos in four states, starting with New Jersey.

On Monday, the United Auto Workers, the AFL-CIO, the Transport Workers Union and the Service Employees International Union announced the formation of the Gaming Workers’ Council. The leaders hope the combined muscle of 15 million union members will help drive casino unionization across the country.

The collective will concentrate on idle contract talks in Atlantic City.

The UAW has won representation elections at four Atlantic City casinos. But after two years of bargaining, the union has not reached a contract agreement with any of them.

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