Union Strikes at the Taj Mahal
About 1,000 bellhops, cooks, cocktail servers, and housekeepers went on strike early Friday at the Trump Taj Mahal casino, leaving the city's most financially fragile casino scrambling to keep up with the start of the big Fourth of July weekend. The workers, members of Unite Here Local 54, set up picket lines at 6 A.M. on the Boardwalk beneath the huge Trump Taj Mahal sign, and on Pacific Avenue next to the marble elephants at the property's entrance. Although the visuals shouted out Trump, and caused a stir on social media among fans and foes of presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the $1 billion property that Trump opened in 1990 is now wholly owned by billionaire Carl Icahn. The company, meanwhile, pressed dealers, who are not on strike, into service as cocktail servers, and top hotel and security managers as bellmen, handling luggage for incoming guests. Restaurants, however, were closed, as were some restrooms. The grand reopening of the Sultan's Feast buffet was canceled.