Reprinted from The Washington Post by Regina Garcia Cano on June 19, 2018.
Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, approved a new five-year contract Tuesday.
The contract includes wage increases, new paid bereavement leave and stronger protections against sexual harassment for 24,000 bartenders, housekeepers, food servers and other members of the Culinary Union.
Thousands of workers last month, including employees of MGM — one of the largest resort operators in the tourist destination — authorized a strike over the lack of progress in contract negotiations covering 50,000 union members. The union later reached a tentative agreement with operator Caesars Entertainment and a separate deal with MGM. …
Caesars’ workers ratified their new contract last week.
Despite the MGM and Caesars’ contracts, there are still 14,000 workers in Las Vegas working with expired contracts who could still strike. The union on Wednesday is meeting with one of those facilities, the operator of the Stratosphere.