June 17, 2015: Carl Icahn Issues Statement Concerning Today’s Local 54 Protest
I continue to think it’s absurd that instead of working to improve Atlantic City at a time when the city is down on its luck, this Union spends time, effort and money to purposefully destroy one of the few remaining employers in town. I’m baffled by how they don’t see that their destructive efforts may well result in 3,000 less jobs. In the end, what the Union doesn’t tell you is that they make money on their exorbitant healthcare plan – upwards of $140 million of net income over the past 5 years – and that is why they are more intent on fighting for their Union healthcare plan instead of saving jobs. What is eminently clear is that even with the savings awarded by the bankruptcy judge, the Taj continues to lose millions every month. I can say that the Union has been successful in one thing: causing three casinos, the Showboat, Plaza and Atlantic Club, to all close over the past year or two.
ATTENTION: ALL LOCAL 54 EMPLOYEES
To: All Local 54 Employees
From: Carl C. Icahn
Date: June 9, 2015
There are some important facts about your union that it is critical that you understand. Click Here To Read
To: All Local 54 Employees
From: Taj Management
Date: May 1, 2015
YOUR DECISION Click Here To Read
STATEMENT: Stockton/Caesars sale of the Atlantic City Showboat Casino
We wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight on the Stockton/Caesars sale of the Atlantic City Showboat Casino.
In 1988 Showboat, Resorts and Taj all agreed to provide for a cluster of casinos at the north end of the Boardwalk, on or near the former Urban Renewal Tract, to create greater customer traffic for all three properties. To that end, the three agreed that Showboat would always be operated as a first class casino hotel and the three properties would be inter-connected by skyways. This agreement was memorialized in a written agreement that was publicly recorded in the Atlantic City property records
In mid-December of 2014, Caesars asked the Taj to voluntarily waive the casino/hotel covenant to permit Stockton College to acquire Showboat and convert it into a college campus. We advised that because the Taj is in bankruptcy, as a matter of our fiduciary responsibilities to our creditors, we could not waive our valuable rights under this covenant without obtaining bankruptcy court approval and without receiving appropriate consideration. We were not offered any consideration for this waiver. This was over three months ago.
The facts are that our company does not think having a college next door to the Taj is good for our company. Having kids under 21 who will attempt to gain entry to the casino and engage in activities reserved for those only 21 and older would create numerous problems we do not want and could damage the Taj’s ability to attract customers and regain its financial health.
You do not see a college on the Las Vegas strip.
Both Caesars and Stockton elected to proceed with the Showboat sale even though they were fully aware that we could not waive the casino/hotel covenant as they were asking.
No further comments will be given at this time. Thank you.
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