When the chips are down, check to see if you’re in a building with Trump’s name on it and then for god’s sake get out of there (strategically).
The striking workers, members of the Unite Here Local 54 union, include all the resort’s waiters, cooks, bartenders, porters, room attendants, and dish washers. The casino floor remains open as Taj’s gaming staff are not members of Unite Here.
The employees are demanding a pay raise (a union spokesperson told the Times that workers at the Taj make less than $12 an hour on average) and healthcare benefits, which many of the workers lost when the casino filed for bankruptcy in 2014.
A New York Times investigation, published last month, showed that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a whole bunch of money off the financial failure of his Atlantic City casino empire, now crumbling.
Trump opened the Taj in 1990 and no longer has a stake in the casino, as of the 2014 bankruptcy.
However, it seems that the Taj’s dismal working conditions are nothing new. Chuck Baker, who’s worked as a cook at the Taj since it opened 26 years ago, told the New York Times that his salary of $20 an hour has increased by 20 cents in the last 10 years.