For immediate release
March 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Culinary and Bartenders Unions’ negotiating committee reached a tentative agreement for a new 5-year contract with the Stratosphere Las Vegas on Saturday evening.
“I am very excited we got a new contract that protects our benefits and will help bring more workers back to food and beverage jobs at the hotel,” said Jose Escoto, a Stratosphere food server and a member of the negotiations committee. “It is also great that housekeepers will get some help cleaning extra dirty rooms.”
The previous contract expired on June 1 last year, and the Stratosphere agreement follows settlements with MGM Resorts last fall and with Caesars Entertainment, Riviera, Tropicana, and Treasure Island earlier this year.
“This contract makes sure that I continue to have the opportunity to provide for my family, but I am not going to stop fighting until everyone else has the same. I stand with my brothers and sisters at all unsettled properties and will support them on the picket line,” said Silvia Buenrostro, a status board operator at the Stratosphere.
“We are pleased that we’ve reached a fair settlement with the Stratosphere. We feel very proud because these jobs will continue to be good jobs with a union standard in Las Vegas,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union.
Negotiations continue with the companies where contracts have expired and a labor dispute, up to and including a strike, is possible. Unsettled properties are: Fremont, Main Street Station, LVH, Four Queens, Binion’s, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, The D, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, Golden Gate, Brady Linen Services, and Margaritaville. A strike authorization vote is scheduled for all unsettled houses on Thursday, March 20 at Cashman Center. If the vote passes, the union may call a strike against any of the companies without a contract at any time.