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ATLANTIC CITY - An Atlantic City casino will be closing its doors.
On Wednesday, the owners of the Trump Taj Mahal casino say they will be closing the casino due to an ongoing strike by union members.
The announcement comes just one day before the strike by Local 54 of the Unite-Here union, that began on July 1st, would have become the longest walkout in the 38-year history of Atlantic City's casino era.
On Thursday, it will have lasted 35 days, surpassing the 34-day strike the union staged against seven casinos in 2004.
While Taj owners say they plan to close the casino after Labor Day weekend, Bob McDevitt, President of the union, says 60-day warning notices for employees are required, and the earliest a shutdown could happen would be October.
Donald Trump opened the casino in 1990, but it now belongs to Carl Icahn.
The union wants health insurance and pension benefits restored.
A bankruptcy court judge had allowed the casino's former owners to eliminate those benefits in 2014.