ATLANTIC CITY — Unite Here Local 54 will temporarily suspend picketing at the Trump Taj Mahal on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to give striking workers the opportunity to attend memorial services for 62-year-old fellow employee who died Thursday.

Esau Ivan Madrid passed away Thursday night. Madrid worked at the Trump Taj Mahal for 17 years as a dishwasher in the cafeteria.

“We are all deeply saddened by the passing of our brother. On behalf of Local 54 we extend our condolences to Esau's family,” said Donna DeCaprio, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 54. “May God comfort you in your grief. I can think of no greater tribute to Esau than to bring healthcare to those who need it most.”

Madrid had a health condition which required regular medical attention, which was unaffordable to him after the Trump Taj Mahal took away healthcare 20 months ago, union officials said.

Nearly 1,000 Local 54 members at Trump Taj Mahal went on strike after negotiations on a new contract with casino owner Icahn Enterprises fell apart. It's been more than two weeks since the two sides held talks, union officials said.

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