Democratic Presidential candidates join Culinary Workers Union Local 226 picket lines as workers fight for a union contract

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — With the Nevada caucus four days away, Democratic Presidential candidates joined picket lines Wednesday afternoon at Palms Resort as workers fought for a union contract.

Candidates Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Town Steyer, and Amy Kloubuchar all marched with them.

Outside the Palms Resort & Casino where culinary union members, supporters, and democratic presidential candidates were picketing, they held signs saying phrases like, “Station Casinos look around, Vegas is a union town.”

Culinary members want a contract with the Palms in order to receive their union benefits.

“It’s the best one in the state, let alone probably the nation. We want to be respected. We want to have job security just like everyone else does,” said Steven Chomos, culinary member.

8 News Now reached out to Station Casinos, who in turn responded by announcing the launch of their new enhanced benefits package that includes, free health care and a company-paid retirement for its team members.

“Station Casinos is a family run business and our Team Members are like family to us, and we are always looking for ways to make our company an enjoyable and rewarding place to work and looking for ways to attract the best candidates to our properties.”

“We are excited to offer our Team Members great healthcare and retirement options so that they and their families are taken care of. Our Family Focused initiative will truly benefit our Team Members and further enhance our position as the best place to work in Las Vegas.”

Bob Finch, Executive Vice President and COO, Station Casinos

As a part of its enhanced “Family Focused” initiative, the company says it is providing even greater benefits to its Team Members and further enhancing their quality of life by introducing free healthcare and a custom 401(k) program.

Station Casinos said in a press release sent Wednesday morning it has offered a free healthcare plan to its Team Members who make less than $41,600 in salary or $20.00 per hour annually since January 2020. This benefit extends to the spouses and families of eligible Team Members. 

For salaried Team Members, Station Casinos states a tiered system was implemented, which makes healthcare affordable based on the Team Member’s income.

Station Casinos also said in the release, Team Members who have been employed for one year or longer benefit from a 401(k) program that is funded by Station Casinos, to which Station Casinos contributes a select amount per hour for every hour worked, and those who contribute to the ‘traditional’ 401k will continue to receive a matching contribution from Station Casinos.

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