Dealers in Vegas are making moves to unionize as their once-key position at casinos erodes under new corporate management. But in a town where housekeepers and waitresses are union members, casino executives are dead-set against a dealers' organization. They say they need the flexibility to rearrange dealers during gamblers' streaks. Dealers find that tips ('tokes') are taxed more, wages have not kept up with the cost of living, pensions are paltry, based on $5.15 hourly wages, young and attractive new dealers are given prime slots and better tables than senior dealers, fewer big stake games occur as Vegas turns into a mecca for tourists on buses, and changes in ownership have cost dealers their seniority.
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