Taj closing

Local 54 Unite Here strikers continue to picket the Taj Mahal after it was announced the the Taj would be closing aftr Labor Day. Wednesday August 3 2016 (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

ATLANTIC CITY — Employees of Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort will be laid off Oct. 10, according to state-mandated notices filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Earlier this week, the owners of the Taj Mahal said the casino will close after Labor Day weekend, blaming striking Unite Here Local 54 workers for preventing a “path to profitability.”

Under state law, notices must be given to employees 60 days before the closing of the facility.

According to the notice, 2,848 employees at the casino are scheduled to be laid off. This includes the more than 1,000 Local 54 members — cooks, housekeepers, bellmen, bartenders, cocktail servers and other service workers — who have been on strike since July 1.

Workers are not eligible for severance pay except for two executive-level employees who are not named in the notice but have agreements, according to the notice.

The strike at the casino-hotel followed union agreements with Tropicana Atlantic City and Caesars Entertainment, which owns Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s Atlantic City.

“The management of Trump Taj Mahal Associates LLC and Board of Directors for Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. are closing the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort for economic reasons,” the notice states.

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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