The Latest: Taj Mahal strike enters 2nd day over benefits

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Posted: Jul 02, 2016 12:42 PM
The Latest: Taj Mahal strike enters 2nd day over benefits

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

12:40 p.m.

Several hundred picketers are demonstrating outside the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City as a strike against the gambling hall enters its second day.

About 1,000 members of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union walked off the job Friday against the casino, which is owned by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. The demonstrations are continuing Saturday.

The union was unable to reach a new contract with the casino, which terminated its union members' health insurance and pension benefits in bankruptcy court in October 2014.

The Taj Mahal offered to restore some health care, but the union deemed it insufficient.

12:30 a.m.

A top manager for billionaire Carl Icahn says Atlantic City's main casino workers' union appears "hell-bent" on trying to shut down the Trump Taj Mahal casino as a strike against the struggling gambling hall enters its second day.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union went on strike Friday against the Taj Mahal, the casino opened by Donald Trump in 1990 but now owned by his friend, Icahn.

The main sticking point is the union's demand that health care and pension plans for the casino's 1,000 unionized workers that were terminated in bankruptcy court be restored.

Icahn has offered to restore health care, but not to a level the union deems acceptable.

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