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Resorts World Casino Lays Off 175 Workers From Buffet

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Casino workers in Queens say they were shocked when they showed up to work Monday and found out they no longer had jobs.

Resorts World Casino confirms that 175 workers lost their jobs.

All of them worked in the casino's buffet, which the owner says was losing money, but workers say the buffet was successful until management gave everyone a raise and then drove away customers with increased buffet prices.

"When the union came in after two years and a half of our hard work, they came in, they started to give us a raise that everybody was content," said Felix Gonzalez, a line cook. "Now, a month after, two months after, I would say, now, they want to change the prices, change a lot of things around. For what reason, I have no idea."

"We've all been dedicated. We've given our all to this place from day 1," said Kevin Briggs, a line cook. "You finally feel secure in a position, and they just pull the rug out from under you."

"Where am I going to go look for a job? Where can I go?" said Bruce Smith, a line cook. "I don't have money to go, keep going out looking for a job. I'm getting too old. I can't keep starting all over."

The union did say that workers could get up to five weeks of severance pay and 120 days of family medical insurance.

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