September 14, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Atlantic City, NJ – Blaming the ten-week strike by casino workers for eliminating its “path to profitability,” the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort has filed official plans to close on Oct. 10, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement announced Sept. 9.
More than 1,000 members of UNITE HERE Local 54 have been on strike since July 1, demanding that the casino’s owner, billionaire Carl Icahn, restore health-care and pension benefits he eliminated and pay cuts he made in 2014 after a federal bankruptcy court let him abrogate their contract. On Sept. 8, three busloads of Local 54 members went to Washington to lobby for the Brokaw Act, a Senate bill the union said would “protect working people from vulture investors like Carl Icahn” by increasing regulation of hedge funds. “Carl Icahn came to Atlantic City, sucked $350 million out of Trump casinos, turned our middle-class jobs into poverty jobs, and then when we stood up to him, Icahn decided to close our workplace and kick 3,000 people to the curb,” Taj Mahal cook Charles Baker, who has worked at the casino since it opened in 1990, said in a union statement. Read more