LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Less than three hours before the strike deadline, the Culinary union reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year contract with Wynn Resorts early Friday morning.
According to the Culinary union, the agreement was reached at 2 a.m. and covers 5,000 hospitality employees at Wynn and Encore. The union calls the contract groundbreaking because it includes the largest wage increases ever negotiated in the union’s 88-year history. It also includes workload reductions and safety protections for workers.
“We strongly believe that only the most talented and empowered employees, working in an environment in which they feel valued and well compensated, can deliver our signature Wynn and Encore guest experiences,” said Michael Weaver, spokesperson for Wynn Las Vegas.
Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International reached tentative contract deals in the past few days. The union had set a strike deadline of 5 a.m. Friday morning.
Details of the contract agreements have not been released. The next step will be for unionized workers at those resort properties to vote on ratifying the contracts.
President Biden provided a statement following the tentative agreement between the Culinary Union, MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Resorts.
“Congratulations to the Culinary and Bartenders Unions who worked together in good faith towards an agreement that gives all workers the quality of life they deserve. Las Vegas has a long union history and workers have been critical to the city’s growth and success. All workers – including hospitality workers – should have good jobs with fair pay and benefits that give them the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. As a candidate for President, I had the honor of joining Culinary Union members on the picket line and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with men and women who form the backbone of a city that brings joy to millions around the world. These workers understand better than just about anybody that a job is about more than just a paycheck. It’s about dignity. It’s about respect. Most importantly, it’s about being able to look your kid in the eye and say, ‘Honey, it’s going to be okay.’ Union members made clear that one job should be enough. Culinary Union members will have the final say on this tentative agreement, and there are still Las Vegas workers in negotiations who deserve a fair deal. But the sacrifices made by hospitality workers, autoworkers, actors, Teamsters, writers, port workers, rail workers, and healthcare workers are the driving force behind a growing movement to ensure workers receive a fair share of the value they’ve helped create. This agreement will help give all workers the quality of life they deserve.” – President Joe Biden