Nevada’s largest Casino workers union, The Culinary Workers Union Local 226. Reached an agreement with MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment. At midnight on Thursday 30 May 2018 the contracts of 50 000 employees expired. The new contracts have one standard for all the employees. Basic stipulations include a stronger language against sexual harassment and wage increase agreement. The thousands of employees made up most of the Las Vegas Strip workforce. They are housekeepers, bellmen, kitchen workers and bartenders who worked in 34 casino-hotels.
The Union is now focusing its attention on 15 properties on the Las Vegas Strip and in the downtown area. The properties are not covered by the negotiated deals as yet. A strike was authorised last month. A date to strike has not been set yet. Workers have started signing on for strike pay, financial assistance and picketing shifts. Properties which may be affected by strikes action include Tropicana, Treasure Island, The D, Downtown Grand and Golden Nugget.
The union aims to reach for a similar settlement with the smaller properties. Bethany Khan the spokesperson for Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said “We always have one standard for our contracts, and we are going to negotiate that one standard with other properties”.
Conditions the agreements have to meet
- Providing housekeepers with wireless devices which work as “panic buttons”. So that alerts are sent to management when workers feel threatened.
- Addressing the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (also known as the ‘Dreamers’ immigrant program) established in the Obama-era.
- Under tentative agreements workers allowed to live and work in the U.S who lose their work permits will be allowed back to their casino jobs once their immigration status has been readjusted.
- Wage increase
- Stronger language on sexual harassment.
How much would a city-wide strike cost Las Vegas?
According to an analysis report by UNITE HERE Gaming Research, MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corporation would lose over $300 million in operating profits during a one-month strike.