Culinary Union votes ‘yes’ to authorize citywide strike

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Come next month there could be a strike on the Las Vegas Strip because on Tuesday, 99 percent of the members of UNITE HERE’s Culinary and Bartenders Unions voted to authorize a citywide strike.

About 25,000 members participated in the two vote sessions at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday afternoon.  

The ‘yes’ vote means there are 50,000 workers eligible to strike anytime after June 1.

Union contracts covering the union workers expires at 34 casino resorts on the Strip and downtown on June 1.

That includes properties operated by MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Penn National, Golden Entertainment, Boyd Gaming, and other companies. 

So who exactly in that 50,000 hospitality employees will strike?

  • Bartenders
  • Guest room attendants
  • Cocktail servers
  • Food servers
  • Porters
  • Bellman
  • Cooks

Kitchen workers employed at the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.

“I voted yes to go on strike to ensure my job isn’t outsourced to a robot,” said Chad Neanover, a prep cook at the Margaritaville, a Caesars Entertainment property. “We know technology is coming, but workers shouldn’t be pushed out or left behind. Casino companies should ensure that technology is harnessed to improve the quality and safety in the workplace, not as a way to completely eliminate our jobs.”

“I don’t want to go on strike, but I will,” said Adela Montes de Oca, a guest room attendant at the Aria, an MGM Resorts International property. “The company is more profitable than ever because of the hard work we do, and I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that we have a fair share of that success.” 

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions are negotiating new contract language to provide greater measure of security for members including workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, technology, and immigration. In addition, the Union’s economic proposal seeks to provide workers a fair share of the employers’ enormous anticipated cash flows and Trump tax windfalls.   

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