Taj Mahal wants judge to penalize union over letters

The owners of Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino are accusing the city’s main casino workers’ union of hiding behind federal labor law and the First Amendment to wage “economic warfare” against the struggling gambling resort.

A bankruptcy judge in Delaware will consider a request Wednesday by Trump Entertainment Resorts to force Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union to acknowledge that letters it sent Taj Mahal customers urging them to take their business elsewhere were misleading.

The union says its communications are protected free speech, claiming a federal law called the Norris-LaGuardia Act prohibits federal courts from barring publicity regarding a labor dispute.

The campaign began shortly before the judge granted Trump Entertainment’s request in October to cancel the union contract at the Taj Mahal and impose the company’s terms.

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