For immediate release
February 21, 2016
UNITE HERE's Culinary Union Calls for Contract Negotiations to Begin
Las Vegas, NV – Last week, a federal officer issued a detailed report calling for Trump International Hotel Las Vegas’s objections to a recent union election of its employees be rejected. Consequently, the report calls for the National Labor Relations Board to certify the union election, in which a majority of Trump Las Vegas employees voted in favor of unionizing.
The report is a major breakthrough in an ongoing labor dispute at Trump Hotels in Las Vegas. In December, a majority of workers at the hotel voted to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 of UNITE HERE. Since that time, the company has refused to bargain with workers, instead tying up the process in a lengthy legal battle. After a three-week evidentiary hearing, a Hearing Officer for the Board found no objectionable conduct by workers or the Union that would interfere with a free and fair election.
“I recommend that the Employer’s objections be overruled in their entirety,” wrote Hearing Officer Lisa Dunn in her report issued February 18.
Now Trump hotel employees and the Culinary Union are redoubling their push on the hotel to negotiate with workers. The Culinary Union is calling on Mr. Trump to sit down with Trump hotel employees to begin negotiations while he’s in town on Monday wooing Nevada caucus-goers. Additionally, the Culinary Union will hold a protest with hundreds of workers on Tuesday, the day of the GOP Caucus in Nevada, in front of the Trump Hotel Las Vegas.
Trump workers say they just want the same deal his company made with workers in Canada. The vote by Trump Las Vegas workers to unionize happened just one week after Trump workers in Toronto ratified their first union contract after voting to form a union that year.
“If Donald Trump wants to ‘Make America Great Again,’ he should start right here in Las Vegas by negotiating with us the same deal his company made with his Canadian workers,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union.
Trump Las Vegas has two weeks to challenge the Hearing Officer’s recommendation to the Regional Director of Region 28.
To attend any of the events below or to schedule interviews, please contact Bethany Khan.
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6-8pm – Trump Hotel Negotiations: Open to the Media
In December 2015, hundreds of Trump Hotel employees in Las Vegas voted to form a union. Since that time, Trump’s company has refused to honor the results of that election and negotiate a first contract with its employees.
Now, Trump Las Vegas employees are calling on the world-famous negotiator to make a deal. Last year, Trump’s company negotiated a first contract with hotel workers in Toronto after workers there won a union election. Las Vegas workers say to “Make America Great Again,” Trump should start by negotiating with them the same deal his company made with his Canadian workers.
The Trump Hotel Negotiation Committee will be at South Point Hotel (9777 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV). RSVP for access.
Media advisory for Monday: http://www.culinaryunion226.org/news/press/media-advisory-trump-hotel-negotiations-open-to-press
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5pm – Rally at Trump Hotel Las Vegas
Hundreds of workers will rally outside the Trump Hotel Las Vegas (2000 Fashion Show Drive Las Vegas, NV) from 5-7pm to support the union organizing drive.
Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent over 57,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. UNITE HERE represents 270,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America.