If you work at Trump Taj Mahal, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the casino now stands a better chance of weathering a November financial crisis, preserving your job. The bad news is you just lost your pension and health benefits. (And your paid meal breaks.) The Taj will be allowed to void its contract, ruled Judge Kevin Gross, making the casino a more appealing rescue vehicle for leading creditor Carl Icahn, now that worker compensation has been cut by 35%. “We are proud of our efforts to keep the Taj Mahal open, to deliver our loyal customers a continued first-class gaming experience and to have the ability to save 3,000 jobs in a very difficult Atlantic City economy,” said Trump Entertainment Resorts CEO “Bedsprings Bob” Griffin. Needless to say, those sentiments were not shared by Unite-Here President Robert McDevitt, who promised picketing by the end of the week. Lamented waitress Valerie McMorris, a 24-year veteran of the casino, “With the stroke of a pen we’ve gone from middle-class jobs in this city to working poor.” Continued >>
If Gary Green set out to stir debate with his Casino Journal polemic on Atlantic City, he could hardly have succeeded better. For Green, the glass is
considerably more than half-full and the Boardwalk is “healthy, viable and sound.” In a poke at Glenn Straub, he writes, “we don’t need to turn casino towers into a student dorms.” As Green points out, Atlantic City is a $2.9 billion a year market, no longer a $5.2 billion. However, that trend is extremely unlikely to reverse and Green puts too little stock, I think, into that long slump. Green allows that “Despite grandiose dreams of attracting new market segments or cannibalizing adjacent casino jurisdictions, any Atlantic City investment must be viewed in this context.” He sees the last several years as “the decline phase of a normal business lifecycle, where there is often both economic peril and promise.”
He argues, ” This is a great time to Continued >>
Tourist attractions just haven’t been clicking for the New Tropicana Las Vegas. But it’s trying again with “The JFK Exhibition,” announced today. Although John F. Kennedy‘s connections to Las Vegas were part of the seamy underside of Camelot, that only makes the intersection of content and format the more apt. For all we know, the hit on JFK could have emanated from a Vegas boardroom in the heyday of Meyer Lansky.
It’s hard not to think first of Kennedy’s assassination when one of the centerpieces of the exhibit, curated by JFK obsessive Jim Warlick, is a 70-foot Air Force One fuselage, tricked out as it would have been seen on Nov. 22, 1963. (Warlick has a whole museum of this stuff in Continued >>