AFL-CIO urges boycott of Icahn casinos in Atlantic City

AFL-CIO labor union is urging members to boycott several Atlantic City casinos.

AFL-CIO labor union is urging members to boycott several Atlantic City casinos. (8/27/15)

ATLANTIC CITY - A major labor union is urging fellow union members to boycott Atlantic City casinos that are owned or about to be owned by billionaire Carl Icahn.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO wants union members to boycott the Tropicana, which Icahn owns, and the Trump Taj Mahal, which he is in the process of acquiring from bankruptcy court.

The union cited a bitter fight between the Taj Mahal and Local 54 of the Unite-HERE casino workers union over the company's termination of health insurance and pension plans for Taj Mahal workers.

The local union has authorized a strike against the Taj Mahal but has not yet begun one.

Icahn did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. But he has said the union-run health plan is unaffordable and excessive.

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