For immediate release
July 11, 2018
Workers to picket at Margaritaville and The D Las Vegas
WHAT: Hospitality workers to picket outside of the Margaritaville Las Vegas and the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel
WHO: Culinary and Bartenders Unions members. Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union, Geoconda Argüello-Kline, and President for the Culinary Union, Ted Pappageorge
WHEN & WHERE: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm
- 9:30 am–11 am at The D Las Vegas (301 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101).
→ MEDIA INVITED TO: 9:30am–11 am at the Margaritaville (3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas 89109)
Meet Bethany on the Las Vegas Strip sidewalk in front of the casino entrance. This is the first time the Culinary Union has ever picketed in front of the Margaritaville since the casino opened in 2011.
- 4:30 pm–6 pm at The D Las Vegas (301 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101).
→ MEDIA INVITED TO: 4:30 pm–6 pm at the Margaritaville (3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109).
WHY: Union contracts covering 7,220 union workers expired on June 1, 2018 at 13 casino resorts in Las Vegas. Negotiations continue for: SLS (including the W Hotel), Treasure Island, Margaritaville, Westgate, Binion’s, Downtown Grand, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Main Street, and The D.
Members of the Culinary and Bartenders Unions whose contracts are now expired: Bartenders, guest room attendants, cocktail servers, food servers, porters, bellman, cooks, and kitchen workers who are employed at the 13 unsettled casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.
The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have proposed new contract language to provide greater measure of security for members including workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, technology, and immigration. In addition, the Union’s economic proposal seeks to provide workers a fair share of the employers’ enormous anticipated cash flows and Trump tax windfalls.
The Culinary and Bartenders Unions encourage Nevada locals, elected officials, political candidates, and tourists to support workers by not patronizing hotels and casinos under a labor dispute on or after June 1, 2018. In an event of a labor dispute, please do not cross picket lines.
Labor contracts for the below 13 casino resorts are expired:
Las Vegas Strip
- Margaritaville Las Vegas
- SLS, including W Hotel
- Treasure Island
- Downtown Grand
- El Cortez
- Four Queens
- Golden Gate
- Golden Nugget
- Main Street Station
- The D
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ABOUT THE CULINARY UNION:
Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent over 57,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 270,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America.
The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 143,000 Nevadans: the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents.
The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with over 57,000 members—a diverse membership that is approximately 55% women and 54% Latino. Members—who work as guest room attendants, bartenders, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and kitchen workers—come from 173 countries and speak over 40 different languages. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for working men and women in Nevada for 83 years.