AP: Casino Union Defies Deadline In Taj Mahal Showdown

CBS Philly

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A casino workers union in Atlantic City defied a company-imposed deadline Monday to withdraw its appeal of a court-ordered, cost-cutting package.

The deadline passed as the showdown over the future of the Trump Taj Mahal casino entered what could be its final week.

Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union ignored the deadline imposed last week by Trump Entertainment Resorts to withdraw its appeal of a bankruptcy court order that terminated the union contract with Taj Mahal workers. The Oct. 17 order eliminated health insurance and the pension plan for the casino’s workers.

Neither side would discuss the deadline’s expiration or what it might mean for the casino’s future or the jobs of its 3,000 workers. Taj Mahal is scheduled to close at 6 a.m. Saturday.

In a letter Thursday to union president Bob McDevitt, Trump Entertainment CEO Robert Griffin wrote: “If you have not agreed to drop the…

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