Trump Taj Mahal to Close After Labor Day Over Workers' Strike
Posted on August 3, 2016
And then there were seven. ABC News reports that after Labor Day there will be only seven casinos left in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Trump Taj Mahal will close after Labor Day because of an inability to reach a deal with the workers' union, which is on strike. The casino was built by Donald Trump, who is the current Republican presidential nominee.Trump sold the Taj Mahal, and it is now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a longtime Trump friend and adviser. The Taj has been in bankruptcy, and Icahn got the bankruptcy court to approve paying a reduced amount of health insurance and benefits to the hotel's workers. But the workers' union has rejected the offer, because it is much less than what the workers at the other casinos are getting. This is the longest workers' strike in 38 years, since casinos were made legal again in the city.
Union president Bob McDevitt said, "I would never have thought Carl Icahn was so one-dimensional. The great deal-maker would rather burn the Trump Taj Mahal down just so he can control the ashes. For a few million bucks he could have had labor peace and a content workforce, but instead he'd rather slam the door shut on these long-term workers just to punish them and attempt to break their strike."
Trump has said he will appoint Carl Icahn Secretary of Treasury if he is elected president. There are nearly 2500 ratings for the Trump Taj Mahal on Tripadvisor.com, with an average rating of 3 1/2 out of 5 points, with the more recent reviews looking pretty grim. They rate it as the 15th best hotel out of 53 hotels in Atlantic City.
Atlantic City has had nothing but trouble in the past few years. And this fall New Jersey voters will decide whether to allow casinos to be built closer to New York City, which would further hurt traffic to Atlantic City.