Over the weekend, continuing into today, the Unite Here Local 54 union of Atlantic City has asked visitors to the area to boycott two casino properties. The Trump Taj Mahal and the Tropicana have been subject to protests from the union based on employee treatment and the union wants to continue their efforts during the holiday.

Members of the union placed neon signs on the local beachfront when the weekend began to spell out the names of both casinos. For weeks, the union has threatened to strike at both casinos, and tweeted pictures of their signs Saturday and Sunday to get the word out of the boycott. One Twitter post read: “We brought our own lightshow to the Trop! Honor The Taj and Trop boycotts!”A poster was also placed outside of the Taj Mahal with balloons attached that read the word ‘boycott’.

If a strike were to take place, 2,000 casino employees could be affected. To try and continue their efforts, the State AFL-CIO stated that fellow union members should boycott the casinos in Atlantic City that are to be owned or are owned by Carl Icahn.

The reason behind the efforts at the Taj are due to the termination of pension plans and health insurance for casino workers. The union has been planning a strike of the Taj for some time now but has yet to start. The company received permission from the courts back in October to end the payments for pension and health care as part of a cost-cutting campaign of the property.

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  1. Steven Norton

    Someone at Unite Here should learn to read a financial statement, so they can determine the difference between profits and losses. The Taj Mahal is not even covering basic costs of operations, like payroll, utilities, marketing and advertising. Forget overhead costs like real estate taxes, interest and depreciation. Without money directly from Mr. Icahn, Taj would already be closed and several thousand more South Jersey residents unemployed. But if that happens, I don’t see the union making up any shortfall in member wages and tips. Perhaps union members should be asking their leadership how the profits from the Cadillac Insurance plan and dues are spent? Could it be to provide political donations or to support actions in other states, like Nevada, Indiana or Pennsylvania? Or maybe the union should use some of their sourpusses to buy a closed Atlantic City casino, and offer jobs to its unemployed members.

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