On early Monday morning, the Taj Mahal Casino closed its doors after a workers strike that lasted over 100 days to demand health care and pension benefits. 

In 1990, Republican candidate Donald Trump opened the doors of the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, a venue that was administered by Trump’s multi-millionaire friend Carl Icahn, who owns similar establishments in the city. Icahn closed the casino, after losing almost a $350 million investment and in fear of losing another $100 million. The casino’s administrator had been battling a legal crisis with the establishment’s workers for almost a year.

Union members picket outside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City N.J. on July 1, 2016, moments after they began a strike against the casino. Image Credit: Wayne Parry / AP

At 6 a.m Monday morning, the casino workers were found protesting in front of the main door as they screamed: “We held the line.” According to Fox News, over 3,000 Taj Mahal workers lost their jobs, being added to the 11,000 unemployed casino workers due to the casino crisis in the city.

“I felt they should have been able to make a deal. It’s hard to believe they weren’t able to make a deal,” said the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, to The Associated Press.

3,000 jobs at stake

On early Monday morning, over 200 protesters stood outside the Taj Mahal casino with posters rejecting the closure of the place.

Workers from the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City joined the UNITE Here Local 54 union demanding a deal with Icahn, regarding the storage of healthcare and benefits, which were removed by law when the casino pledged bankruptcy on a state court.

On July 1, the casino workers started their strike with the UNITE movement, but Icahn’s decision wasn’t negotiable and was unable to reach a deal with workers, deciding to close the establishment a month after the strike begun.

“This didn’t have to happen. It’s all just business. But to us, it’s destroying our livelihoods and our families. You take away our health care, out pensions and overload the workers. We just can’t take it,” said Chuck Baker, a casino cook since it first opened, to Fox News.

Workers demanded their right to the benefits and terms of employment; they once had before the casino went bankrupt. Icahn declared his regrets of having to close the casino as he stood near the Union members on Monday morning.

The Taj Mahal is now part of the bankrupt casino crisis in Atlantic City, joining the Revel, The Atlantic Club, The Showboat and the Trump Plaza, also owned by the Republican candidate.

“Today is a sad day for Atlanta, like many of the employees at the Taj Mahal, I which things had turned out differently,” said Icahn to press members.

Source: Fox News