The Latest: Striking Taj workers question health care offer

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Posted: Jul 13, 2016 5:17 PM
The Latest: Striking Taj workers question health care offer

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the ongoing strike by union members against Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino (all times local):

5 p.m.

The Atlantic City casino workers union that is on strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino questions why a company run by billionaire Carl Icahn offers full health care to workers at one casino it owns while insisting that others accept lesser benefits.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union notes that workers at the Tropicana have a new contract with full health care, but workers at the Taj Mahal don't.

The comments came on a day when the union held rallies outside the New York offices of Icahn and Donald Trump, accusing both men of profiting from the casino as it workers suffered.

Also on Wednesday, the Taj Mahal gave the union an ultimatum: Accept our last health care offer by Monday, or it's off the table for good.

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4:40 p.m.

Management at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino has given The Associated Press details of its most recent contract offer to the union that is on strike.

Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, which runs the Taj Mahal for billionaire owner Carl Icahn, says the company would have funded health care for Taj Mahal workers — including non-union members — but not to the level the union wanted.

The deal would have been for 18 months, to let the casino get back on its feet, and would have reduced the number of rooms housekeepers had to clear from 16 to 14 a shift, bringing them in line with other casinos.

Management says it would reopen closed venues and rooms, creating more work for union members.

The union rejected the offer and went on strike July 1.

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3:50 p.m.

Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino has given its striking union workers an ultimatum: Accept the company's health care offer by Monday or it's gone.

Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, which runs the Taj Mahal for billionaire Carl Icahn, sent a letter to Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union Wednesday urging it to accept the casino's last offer that would have restored health care, but not to the extent the union wanted.

The union was weighing a response Wednesday afternoon.

The ultimatum came after union members held rallies in New York against Icahn and Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee who no longer owns the casino.

The union has been on strike against the Taj Mahal since July 1. The casino remains open.

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3:25 p.m.

Striking Atlantic City casino workers have taken their protest to the New York City doorstep of the man who bought Trump Taj Mahal casino.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union joined other protesters on Wednesday outside the Fifth Avenue office of Carl Icahn. They also targeted presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The protesters say Icahn and Trump profited from the Taj Mahal, even as it went through multiple bankruptcies.

About 1,000 union members from the food and beverage and housekeeping departments went on strike on July 1 after the union was unable to agree on a contract that restored health care and pension benefits that a bankruptcy judge terminated in 2014.

Dealers and security are not included in the walkout, and Trump Taj Mahal remains open.

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6:30 a.m.

Striking Atlantic City casino workers are taking their protest to the New York City doorstep of the man who bought Trump Taj Mahal casino.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union will join other protesters on Wednesday outside the Fifth Avenue office of Carl Icahn. They also plan to target presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The protesters say Icahn and Trump profited from the Taj Mahal even as it went through multiple bankruptcies.

About 1,000 union members from the food and beverage and housekeeping departments went on strike on July 1 after the union was unable to agree on a contract that restored health care and pension benefits that a bankruptcy judge terminated in 2014.

Dealers and security are not included in the walkout, and Trump Taj Mahal remains open.