Workers facing layoffs attend rally with local church leaders

ATLANTIC CITY (AP) — Hundreds of casino workers in Atlantic City, New Jersey, who are facing layoffs have attended a rally led by local church leaders.

They are among dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers at three casinos that are shutting down. Nearly 8,000 will be jobless when Revel, the Showboat and Trump Plaza close down over the next few weeks

Present for the event -- held at a Baptist Church -- were workers, clergy and elected officials.

Rev. Eric McCoy says he's praying that "new doors" open to the workers. McCoy says God had plans for the workers before there were casinos.

Casino worker Dawn Inglin says workers "know what they are facing" but she believes there is still some hope.

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