For immediate release
March 19, 2014
Negotiations with Las Vegas Downtown Casinos Intensify
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Culinary and Bartenders Unions’ negotiating committee reached a tentative agreement for a new 5-year contract with the LVH today. This concludes the unions’ contract negotiations with all Las Vegas Strip casino resorts whose contracts expired on June 1 last year.
“I’m happy that the Union and the company were able to work together,” said Rich Collins, a banquet server at the LVH. “I feel secure in my job now that I know my pension and health benefits are going to be protected.”
The tentative agreement with the LVH follows settlements with MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Riviera, Tropicana, Treasure Island, and the Stratosphere.
“I am glad that we got a new contract at the LVH like everyone else on the Strip,” said Maribel Lerma-Pineda, housekeeper at the LVH. “This contract is good because it gives me the opportunity to provide for my family.”
“We are not done because the thousands of workers downtown and in the laundries do not have new contracts yet,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union. “We hope we can reach a fair settlement with the remaining unsettled houses very soon.”
The remaining unsettled properties are: Margaritaville, Fremont, Main Street Station, Four Queens, Binion’s, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, The D, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, Golden Gate, Brady Linen Services.
A strike authorization vote is scheduled for Thursday, March 27. If the vote passes, the union may call a strike against any of the companies without a contract at any time.