After cancelling health insurance, union goes on strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino


In Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, Union Local 54 of the Unite-HERE told The Associated Press that it was unable to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Trump Taj Mahal, which is owned by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. The walkout involving about 1,000 union members could begin around 6 a.m. Friday.

Still seething from the cancellation of its members’ health insurance and pension benefits nearly two years ago, Atlantic City’s main casino workers union said early Friday it will go on strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino.

The labor disruption comes on the critical July 4 weekend, among the busiest of the year for Atlantic City casinos. It was not immediately clear whether the Taj Mahal planned to press management into service, hire temporary replacement workers, or some combination of both.

The Taj Mahal was the only one of the five casinos targeted by the union that was unable to reach a new deal.

It enraged workers during its most recent spin through bankruptcy court in October 2014 when it got a judge to allow it to cancel health and pension benefits, deeming them unaffordable to the struggling casino.
The Taj Mahal was opened and once run by Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but the bankruptcy filing and the benefit terminations happened five years after he had relinquished control of the casino and its parent company, Trump Entertainment Resorts, that both bore his name.

Aside from a 10 percent stake in the company for the use of his name that was wiped out in bankruptcy, Trump had no involvement with the company since 2009.

On Thursday, the union struck deals with three casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment (Bally’s, Caesars, and Harrah’s) as well as the Tropicana, which, like the Taj Mahal, is owned by Icahn.