The Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union of Atlantic City are upping the ante when it comes to strike efforts against the Trump Taj Mahal casino. The group will be taking time tomorrow to load a storage trailer with supplies they will need for a strike against the New Jersey casino.
The storage pod will be loaded with items needed for a strike including T-shirts, water coolers, cots, wheelchairs, ponchos and bullhorns. Also included will be garbage cans for waste, tents for shelter and tables and chairs. To bring on the noise, the pod will also house marching band drum and additional musical instruments. Generators will also be provided.
The union plans on training workers to be ‘strike captains’ who will organize the picketing of the casino. The group wants to see the restoration of insurance for health matters as well as pension coverage, all of which was taken away after a bankruptcy judge gave the casino owner permission to do so.
If the leaders of the union decide to call one, the union has already authorized it. The strike would target only the casino. The last time a strike took place by the union was back in 2004 against seven Atlantic City casinos.
If a strike takes place, the Trump Taj Mahal will stay open, according to information provided by Trump Entertainment Resorts. However, the casino has not stated how they will handle operations if a strike takes place. Both the union and the casino are waiting to see the ruling in appeals court as to if the benefits of employees are to be restored or remain removed.