Picket lines went up Friday outside Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort as union members planned to protest the court-ordered termination of their health insurance and pension plans.
Trump Entertainment Resorts said it needs big union concessions and massive tax breaks from Atlantic City and New Jersey — both of which already have rejected the demand.
Several hundred workers at Atlantic City’s Showboat casino will stage a rally to protest its planned Aug. 31 shutdown.
The announcement of Trump Plaza’s plans to close in mid-September is just another blow to Atlantic City’s largest casino workers union.
Outside the only casino yet to play ball, Local 54 rallied at the Revel Wednesday demanding workers be allowed to unionize.
Local 54 of the UNITE HERE union says the city erred when it decided last month not to put two referenda on the ballot.
Twenty-one Tropicana Casino employees, who were recently reinstated from a suspension resulting from their involvement in a traffic-blocking protest last month, were out on the picket line again Saturday.
Atlantic City’s largest union is seeking to put a pair of referendums on the ballot that would appear to target the city’s newest casino.
Thousands of Local 54 union members rallied at Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City.
“They want to treat regular, front line workers as if they’re professional athletes but they want to pay them like they’re hot dog vendors,” union president Bob McDevitt says.
“The threat is, if we’re picketing without a permit that they’re going to arrest people. So there’s a possibility of mass arrests,” says Local 54 president Bob McDevitt.
Labor contracts between Atlantic City’s largest union and nine casinos are due to expire in one month and Local 54 is negotiating a new contract with another.
Members of Atlantic City’s largest labor union are taking the Christie Administration to court over tax breaks being granted to a mega casino project.