Dubbed as the “eighth wonder of the world” by former owner, Donald Trump, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino is officially set to close its doors after Labor Day. The casino, owned by Carl Icahn and managed by Tropicana Entertainment, has been under the radar for the massive UniteHere workers’ strike that began on July 1, 2016.
The Taj failed to reach a compromise during negotiations with Union Leaders throughout the strike. Now, the workers who were fighting for equal health care, benefits, and pay similar to that of other casinos owned by Tropicana, can’t help but wonder if the closing was done completely out of spite. Reps from the management company state that “Currently, the Taj is losing multimillions a month, and now with this strike, we see no path for profitability.” However, UniteHere officials state that the extra benefits their workers were seeking would only have cost a few million dollars.
Losses from the closure will include nearly 3,000 jobs at the Taj, adding to the already 8,000 positions that have been eliminated in the Atlantic City area due to multiple other casino closures in the last three years. Not only are laborers hurting from this blow, but the city itself is nearing the verge of bankruptcy due to decreased economic movement and tax revenue.
Elfenbaum, Evers & Amarilio is saddened by this oppression of union efforts and rights to protest, and we are hopeful that the displaced workers are able to find new employment.