LAS VEGAS-- Members of the Culinary and Bartenders Union have reached a tentative agreement for a new 5-year contract with the Riviera Casino.
The agreement, reached late Friday evening, will cover hundreds of workers in food and beverage, housekeeping, cocktails and the bell departments.
The negotiating committee, which is made up of workers from varied departments, worked with the company to reach terms that safeguard benefits and will help bring jobs back.
Negotiations began last summer following the previous contract's expiration on June 1, 2013. The agreement was reached on March 7, 2014.
The economic package, agreed to by both parties, mirrors exactly what has been agreed to by the unions and other employers. Workers will keep their high-quality health insurance.
Changes were negotiated for food and beverage operations to allow for flexibility in closed and distressed venues with the goals of reopening shops and bringing workers back to their jobs.
New housekeeping language will increase job safety by creating measures designed to deal with hazardous work conditions.
The union will continue negotiations with the remaining unsettled houses: LVH, Treasure Island, Stratosphere, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, Binion's, 4 Queens, The D, Fremont, Main Street Station, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, Golden Gate, Jerry's Nugget, and Brady Laundries.
On Saturday, workers from the Las Vegas Strip and downtown will be picketing at the Stratosphere.
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.