Health offer withdrawn, Trump Taj Mahal strike continues

An Atlantic City casino owned by billionaire Carl Icahn says it has withdrawn an offer to restore health insurance for its striking workers.

The Trump Taj Mahal had given striking Local 54 of Unite-HERE workers until 5 p.m. Monday to vote on its offer. Tony Rodio, head of Tropicana Entertainment Inc., said the offer is now permanently withdrawn.

The offer was “essentially half” of what workers from other casinos received, said union leader Bob McDevitt.

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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