Local 54 members picket outside Taj Mahal in Atlantic City March 23, 2016. First protest since Icahn took control of property.

UNITE HERE Local 54, the union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City, has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president of the United States.

Local 54 is the largest industry union in New Jersey and has been in the middle of a back and forth battle with the Tropicana and Trump Taj Mahal over benefits. Last month, the union picketed outside the Taj for the first time since it was acquired by Carl Icahn.

“It is an honor to receive UNITE HERE Local 54's endorsement,” Sanders said in a statement. “This campaign is building a movement of millions of Americans who are demanding that our economy works for everyone, not just the top one percent. The hard-working men and women of New Jersey's hospitality industry are a vital part of our movement which is spreading to every corner of our country.”

“My coworkers and I are in a fight with billionaire Carl Icahn to keep our health care at the Tropicana and win back health care at the Trump Taj Mahal, 23-year union member Rodney Mills said. We need elected leaders that are going to stand up for working people and Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for the job.”

John DeRosier

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