July 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Atlantic City, NJ – Management at the Trump Taj Mahal withdrew its offer to give the casino’s workers health insurance on July 18, two and a half weeks after they went on strike.
The offer would have restored some of the coverage the workers lost in 2014, when a federal bankruptcy judge ruled that billionaire owner Carl Icahn could terminate it, but at a level Tropicana Entertainment head Tony Rodio admitted was “not quite as rich” as the coverage workers at other Atlantic City casinos, including the Icahn-owned Tropicana, got in the contract they signed June 30. UNITE HERE Local 54, the union representing the 1,000 workers on strike, said the offer wasn’t good enough to submit to its members for a vote. “This company offered them health insurance that was essentially half of what every other property agreed to, including the Taj's sister casino,” Local 54 President Bob McDevitt told the Associated Press July 13. “These workers want to know why it is OK for Trop workers to be able to go to the doctor, but not them?” Read more