September 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Atlantic City, NJ – Trump Taj Mahal owner Carl Icahn rejected a deal offered Aug. 29 by striking workers to restore health-care benefits cut off two years ago, saying he still plans to close the casino on Oct. 10.
UNITE HERE Local 54 said its plan would cost only $1.3 million a year more than Icahn’s last offer. Local 54 President Bob McDevitt said he wanted to see whether the billionaire owner was serious about saving the casino “or just wants to punish workers and Atlantic City.” Tropicana president Tony Rodio said the meeting where the union proposed the plan “was not a negotiating session” and blamed McDevitt for the planned closing, saying that if he “cared even one iota about the future of the employees he would have allowed them to vote on the proposal we offered five weeks ago.” Local 54 called that offer grossly inadequate, as it was a minimal, high-deductible plan that would not have covered workers’ families. The 1,000 workers have been on strike since July 1. Icahn has not yet officially asked New Jersey’s gambling regulators for permission to close the casino. Read more