Taj Mahal

"I like thinking big" quote and Donald Trump photo inside the Taj Mahal Wednesday.

ATLANTIC CITY — The owners of Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort said Wednesday that the casino will close after Labor Day weekend, blaming striking Unite Here Local 54 workers for preventing a “path to profitability.”

In justifying the decision to close, Tony Rodio, president and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment, said the Taj is losing millions of dollars a month and that the owners have “fiduciary duties to their shareholders.”

The company intends to send state-required mass layoff notices before the weekend, Rodio said in a statement.

The casino employed more than 2,100 people at the end of 2015, including about 1,000 Local 54 members, according to the documents filed the with state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Local 54 President Bob McDevitt accused Taj owner Carl Icahn of taking the 34-day strike personally.

“For a few million bucks, he could have had labor peace and a content workforce, but instead he’d rather slam the door shut on these long-term workers just to punish them and attempt to break their strike,” McDevitt said in a statement. “There was no element of trying to reach an agreement here on Icahn’s part; it was always 'my way or the highway' from the beginning with Icahn.”

The Taj Mahal would be the city’s fifth casino to close since 2014.

Two years ago, the city’s casino industry was decimated by the closings of Showboat Casino Hotel on Aug. 31, Revel on Sept. 2 and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on Sept. 16. The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel closed earlier that year, taking with it 1,600 jobs.

When the dust settled, about 8,000 employees had lost jobs.

About 1,000 cooks, housekeepers, bellmen, bartenders, cocktail servers and other service workers at Taj Mahal have been on strike since July 1. The strike at the casino-hotel follows union agreements with Tropicana Atlantic City and Caesars Entertainment, which owns Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s Atlantic City.