Month Into Strike, Trump Taj Mahal Announces Plan To Close After Labor Day

NJTV News | August 4, 2016 | More Issues
The president of Local 54, UNITE Here, says investor Carl Icahn unwilling to negotiate and trying to ‘punish’ strikers

The Trump Taj Mahal will shut down on Labor Day, the company that now owns the casino resort says. Tropicana Entertainment, controlled by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, said a strike by hundreds of its employees left it with “no path to profitability.”

Local 54 of UNITE Here, which represents restaurant staff and housekeepers at the Taj, went on strike July 1. At the time, union leaders and members said management, by refusing to grant them a health plan as good as those at other casinos, had brought the strike on itself.

The Taj came close to shutdown in 2014 when Trump Entertainment filed for bankruptcy. It still uses the Trump name, although Donald Trump, who once had three casinos in Atlantic City, no longer owns it.

Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54, accused Icahn after the closing was announced of trying to “punish” union members.

Four casinos closed in 2014. If the Taj shuts down, only seven will remain in Atlantic City.

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