New 5-year Contract Covers Hundreds of Vegas Workers
Las Vegas – Members of the Culinary and Bartenders Unions reached a tentative agreement for a new 5-year contract with The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas. The tentative agreement will cover about 650 workers in food and beverage, housekeeping, cocktails and the bell departments.
The negotiating committee, which is made up of workers from varied departments, worked with the company to reach terms that safeguard benefits and will help bring back jobs. Negotiations began last summer following the previous contract’s expiration on June 1, 2013. The agreement was reached on March 5, 2014.
The economic package, agreed to by both parties, mirrors exactly what has been agreed to by the unions and other employers. Workers will keep their high-quality health insurance. Changes were negotiated for food and beverage operations to allow for flexibility in closed and distressed venues with the goals of reopening shops and bringing workers back to their jobs. New housekeeping language will increase job safety by creating measures designed to deal with hazardous work conditions.
“The New Tropicana Las Vegas is the first independently owned resort and casino to reach a tentative agreement with the unions. We are thrilled that our collaboration with Tropicana Las Vegas has resulted in reaching an agreement that is mutually beneficial,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary treasurer of Culinary Union Local 226.