Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., has obtained an injunction from a New Jersey state court ordering Local 54 of Unite Here to stop projecting “boycott” messages at night onto the exterior walls of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. The casino operator is in a bankruptcy exit plan, and financier Carl Icahn plans to buy it, but only with sufficient guarantees that labor costs, including benefits, will make it a profitable venture. Mr. Icahn has said that he will not take ownership of the casino unless the labor contract is voided and the health plan eliminated. (A federal bankruptcy court has allowed the operator to void the current labor contract, but the union has appealed that decision.)
The union had been protesting Mr. Icahn’s plan for months, with protests and nighttime messages projected onto the casino walls that say “Boycott the Taj.” In response to the injunction, a spokesperson for Trump Entertainment Resorts said that the organization was gratified that the court put a stop to the union activities, which “harm the perception of Atlantic City and [the union’s] own members.” Will the union’s activities against the currently unprofitable casino, one of several in Atlantic City, be enough to put the casino lights out for good?