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May 10, 2018

Citywide Strike Could Be on Tap for Vegas




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Members of unions representing Las Vegas casino workers will hold a citywide strike vote on Tuesday, May 22, which, if it goes through, will authorize strikes affecting Las Vegas casino resorts with major events venues as soon as the morning of June 1.

UNITE HERE’s Culinary and Bartenders Unions represent 50,000 union workers whose contracts expire on June 1 at 34 casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, including properties operated by MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Penn National, Golden Entertainment, Boyd Gaming, and more, according to the official statement announcing the strike.

Voting is set to take place in two sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on May 22, and if a majority vote yes, the union negotiating committee will be authorized to call for a strike at any time after the contract expires on the morning June 1.

Union officials are also advising travelers to avoid the Strip and Tropicana Avenue, as tens of thousands of union members are expected to attend the two voting sessions, according to the voting announcement.

Members who are participating in the strike vote will include bartenders, guest room attendants, cocktail servers, food servers, porters, bellman, cooks and kitchen workers at casino resorts on the Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. Demands include stronger protections against sexual harassment, improved workplace safety and new rules on subcontracting, technology and immigration. The unions are also calling for higher pay resulting from the recent tax cuts passed by President Donald Trump and Congress.

The unions noted that the last citywide strike vote was in 2002, when 25,000 workers voted to authorize a strike. Another citywide strike in 1984 lasted for 67 days.

The Culinary Union has set up a website at www.VegasTravelAlert.org to help meeting planners keep track of the impact of the labor disputes.

Here’s a list of all 34 casino resorts whose contracts are set to expire June 1 and thus could be affected by the strike:

  • Bally's Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace, including Nobu
  • Flamingo Las Vegas 
  • Harrah's Las Vegas
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The Cromwell
  • The LINQ
  • Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
  • SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, including W Hotel
  • Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
  • Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
  • Tropicana Las Vegas
  • Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
  • Aria Resort & Casino
  • Bellagio Hotel & Casino
  • Circus Circus Hotel & Resort 
  • Excalibur Hotel & Casino
  • Luxor Hotel & Casino
  • MGM Grand Las Vegas
  • Mandalay Bay, including Delano
  • The Mirage
  • Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino (Park MGM)
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino
  • Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel
  • Fremont Hotel & Casino
  • Main Street Station Casino Brewery & Hotel 
  • Four Queens Resort and Casino Las Vegas
  • Golden Gate Casino
  • Golden Nugget Las Vegas
  • The D Las Vegas
  • Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • Plaza Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
  • El Cortez Hotel and Casino

Stay tuned to www.internationalmeetingsreview.com for further updates on this developing story. 


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