Overwhelming Vote Now Makes Strikes Possible At Any Downtown Casino
Several thousand members of UNITE HERE Local 226 and 165—the Culinary and Bartenders unions—voted Thursday to authorize a strike against ten downtown Las Vegas casinos. The 99% "yes" vote comes just five weeks after the unions gave notice to terminate contract extensions.
The unions can now call for a strike at any time against these properties until they have new contracts. Union members voted last May to raise monthly dues by $25 in the event of a strike.
"I voted yes to authorize a strike because I will do whatever it takes to continue to have the opportunity to provide for my family," said Annette Wright, a pantry worker at the Golden Nugget.
"Our entire union stands with our members who made this brave decision today to authorize a strike," said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union. "We will be with these workers until we win and have a fair settlement. That’s what they deserve."
Properties that are now subject to a strike are Binion’s, Fremont, Four Queens, El Cortez, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Las Vegas Plaza, The D., and Main Street Station. Workers at Brady Linen Services, who provide laundry services for many casinos and hotels on the Strip, and Margaritaville also passed the strike authorization vote by overwhelming margins.
The Culinary and Bartenders Unions recently concluded negotiations for new five-year new contracts covering over 37,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip.