Nearly 1,000 workers have gone on strike at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel. The workers are members of Local 45 Unite Here union, which represents servers, housekeepers and bell staff at the property. The Taj Mahal is the only casino that ended up striking; agreements were reached between the management and union at four other Atlanic City gaming resorts -- Tropicana, Caesars, Bally's and Harrah's -- that also had threatened to strike today. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn owns the Taj Mahal; the main dispute between the union and Icahn dates back to the October 2014 termination of health insurance and pension benefits, which happened before Icahn owned the property.
A statement on Local 54's website notes: "Last night, contract negotiations with the Trump Taj Mahal failed to reach an agreement that the negotiating committee could recommend to the membership. As a result, nearly a thousand cooks, housekeepers, bellmen and servers from the Trump Taj Mahal will walk off the job this morning ahead of the industry's biggest holiday weekend to fight for decent wages, basic benefits and the future of their middle-class livelihoods."