Union members picket outside the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City N.J. on Friday July 1, 2016, moments after they began a strike against the casino. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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Striking union members chanted, banged drums and blew whistles as part of a raucous picket line on Atlantic City's Boardwalk early Friday outside the Trump Taj Mahal casino amid a contract dispute with owner and billionaire investor Carl Icahn at the start of the busiest weekend of the year for the casino industry.Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union was unable to reach a new contract with the Taj Mahal, which terminated workers' health insurance and pension benefits nearly two years ago.The casino remained open for business.The Taj Mahal was the only one of the five casinos targeted by the union that was unable to reach a new deal.On Thursday, the union struck deals with three casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment (Bally's, Caesars, and Harrah's) as well as the Tropicana, which, like the Taj Mahal, is owned by Icahn.The last time Local 54 waged a strike, in 2004, the walkout lasted 34 days.
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