Union Negotiates with Smaller Vegas Casinos to Avoid Strike

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Union workers picket on the Las Vegas Strip outside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on June 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The demonstration is in response to stalled negotiations with the hotel-casino, where 2,000 members of the Culinary Workers Union have been without a contract for more than two years. The Culinary, which represents 55,000 workers, is also in negotiations with MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Reprinted from The New York Times by The Associated Press on June 4, 2018.

A union for Las Vegas casino-hotel workers is shifting its attention to negotiating contracts with smaller casino operators after reaching tentative labor agreements with two companies that employ most of the 50,000 employees threatening the first citywide strike in more than three decades.

The Culinary Union said Monday that it was now focusing on 15 properties on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown not covered by the deals with Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International. The workers without new five-year contracts could walk out of properties including the Tropicana, Treasure Island, Golden Nugget, The D and Downtown Grand at any time after authorizing a strike last month.

“The agreements with MGM and Caesars have historic language regarding immigration, technology and automation, and safety, from sexual harassment language to safety buttons,” said Bethany Khan, spokeswoman for the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. “We always have one standard for our contracts, and we are going to negotiate that one standard with other properties.” …

NY Times 6/4

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