Hard Rock AC and union work
The Press of Atlantic City reported that the Unite Here Local 54 might provide the labor for the Hard Rock AC, when the former Trump Taj Mahal returns to operation in 2018. It will reopen as the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Atlantic City.
Here’s more from the Local 54’s President, Bob McDevitt:
“We have had a conversation, with Joe Allen (chairman of Hard Rock International) and Joe Jingoli about working with the union and having that property unionized,” McDevitt said.
“We are looking forward to working with Local 54,” Allen said in a statement.
Hard Rock has said the renovated resort — which will cost $375 million to get up to speed — would account for about3,000 permanent jobs. Hard Rock agreed to buy the shuttered resort from billionaire Carl Icahn earlier this spring.
The Local 54 boasts 10,000 members and says it “is the largest private sector union in South Jersey.”
The backstory of Trump Taj Mahal and the union
Part of the reason why the Taj Mahal was even available for purchase in the first place: Local 54.
Things escalated for the already troubled Taj Mahal in the summer of last year, when the union went on strike. The labor dispute went on through the summer.
Eventually, Icahn would blame his inability to keep the Taj Mahal open on his inability to come to any sort of compromise with the union. The casino would take its last bets in October.
Here is the last message from the union at its website, after the strike ended with the resort’s closure:
For 102 days we held the line against Wall Street’s attack on the American worker.
We held the line for our families, who deserve good quality jobs and healthcare.
We held the line against a billionaire taking from us to line his own pockets.
Icahn, disillusioned with the politics of the situation and dealing with state and local authorities, would go onto make his intent known to sell the property, which he did in March.
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What’s next for Hard Rock AC?
No one is going to be working at the Hard Rock AC for quite some time, other than construction workers.
The Taj Mahal is going to get a facelift from top to bottom, and it will look more like the Hard Rock-branded resorts you see around the country.
But once that’s complete, it might be back to work for much of the Local 54.