Negotiations Update

We have met for contract negotiations with both MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment. We have not yet reached an agreement. Labor contracts for the following casinos expire June 1st. After that date a labor dispute is possible.

 

Labor contracts for the following casinos expire June 1, 2018. After that date a labor dispute is possible. 

Caesars: 

  • Bally's Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace, including Nobu
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah's Las Vegas
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The Cromwell
  • The LINQ

Las Vegas Properties With An Active Labor Dispute:  

 

MGM: 

  • 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

Other Strip Properties: 

  • 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

Downtown Properties: 

  • 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

 

The following properties' collective bargaining agreements are NOT expiring on June 1:

 

  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino (Expiring 8/1/18)
  • Elara Las Vegas, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club (Expiring 10/1/18)
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise (455 Karen Ave.) (Expiring 10/1/18)
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Boulevard (2650 South Las Vegas Blvd.) (Expiring 10/1/18)
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo (3575 South Las Vegas Blvd.) (Expiring 10/1/18)
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
  • Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas
  • The Signature at MGM Grand
  • Homewood Suites (6801 Placid St.)

Please patronize casinos and hotels listed on the Union Hotel Guide at FairHotel.org

Contact Paul Catha at 702-383-7923 or at pcatha@culinaryunion226.org

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Culinary Union begins contract negotiations for 50,000 Las Vegas workers

Deadline for contract negotiations: June 1, 2018

Las Vegas, NV – The Culinary and Bartenders Unions will begin contract negotiations this week for 50,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. The deadline to complete negotiations is midnight on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Negotiations between the unions and the casino resorts are closed sessions, but periodically there will be media availability with workers. The Unions will be negotiating a host of proposals including: protecting pension and health benefits, good wage increases that reflect increased industry profits, language regarding increased technology and the effects automation has on jobs and workers, strong protections for worker safety including safety buttons and language protecting against sexual harassment and gender discrimination, and proposals for non-union restaurant and arena workers to become union.

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions are encouraging Nevada locals, elected officials, political candidates, and tourists to support workers by patronizing hotels and casinos not under a labor dispute.

The Culinary Union, Nevada’s largest union, has launched www.VegasTravelAlert.org, a website intended as a service for meeting and convention planners and all other travelers who need to know whether labor disputes could affect their plans in Las Vegas. The website will be updated with information about actual and potential labor disputes affecting Las Vegas casinos. Visitors to the site may sign up for email updates as well as find strategies to protect their event or travel plans from the possibility of being impacted by labor disputes.

Labor contracts for the following 34 casino resorts expire midnight on June 1, 2018. After that date, labor disputes, including strikes are possible:

Las Vegas Strip

Caesars Entertainment Corporation:

  • Bally’s Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace, including Nobu
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah’s Las Vegas
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The Cromwell
  • The LINQ

MGM Resorts International:

  • 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

Other Strip properties:

  • 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

Downtown Las Vegas

  • 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

The following properties’ collective bargaining agreements are NOT expiring on June 1, 2018:

  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
  • Elara Las Vegas, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise (455 Karen Avenue)
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Boulevard (2650 South Las Vegas Boulevard)
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo (3575 South Las Vegas Boulevard)
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
  • Wynn Las Vegas
  • Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
  • Vdara Hotel & Spa at ARIA Las Vegas
  • The Signature at MGM Grand
  • Homewood Suites (6801 Placid Street

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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.

CulinaryUnion226.org / @Culinary226

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Bethany Khan ▪ BKhan@culinaryunion226.org ▪ (702) 387-7088 

Federal officer recommends rejection of Station Casinos’ challenges to union election results

Culinary Union calls for contract negotiations at Green Valley Ranch to begin immediately

Las Vegas, NV – Last week, a federal officer for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a report calling for Station Casinos’ objections to a recent union election of its employees be rejected in their entirety. The report also calls for the NLRB to certify the union election, in which a majority of Green Valley Ranch employees voted in favor of unionizing. 

After a two-week evidentiary hearing, a Hearing Officer for Region 27 of the NLRB found no objectionable conduct by workers or the Culinary Union that would interfere with a free and fair election.

“I recommend that the Employer’s objections be overruled in their entirety,” wrote José R. Rojas, NLRB Hearing Officer, in his report issued Friday, February 9, 2018. The decision will be final unless appealed to the Director of the NLRB Region 27 by February 23, 2018. 

“Station Casinos has said many times that they would respect their employees’ right to hold a NLRB secret-ballot election and abide by results; now that their objections have been entirely rejected, we urge Station Casinos to recognize their workers’ voices and votes, and begin contract negotiations in good faith immediately,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union.

Station Casinos has said many times that they would respect their employees’ right to hold a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) union election:

  • “We have said all along that if a fair and lawful election is held we will abide by the results.” - Richard Haskins, president of Station Casinos (Las Vegas Review Journal – September 1, 2016)
  • “We…support their right to join a union if they so choose as that decision is theirs, not ours, to make.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Sun - February 12, 2016). 
  • “We’ve always respected our employees’ right to join a union if that’s what they want to do.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Sun - January 20, 2016)
  • “Station Casinos officials have said they are willing to allow a secret-ballot vote” (Las Vegas Review Journal - October 7, 2014)
  • “The decision to join a union belongs to our team members, and we respect that right.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Sun – August 29, 2014)
  • “We’ve made it really clear that the door is open for a secret-ballot election.” - Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Wall Street Journal – March 22, 2013) 
  • “Station saying a secret-ballot election is allowed and welcomed.” (Las Vegas Sun – January 22, 2012)
  • “We have always recognized our team members’ right to be represented by a union if they so choose.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Review Journal – February 17, 2011)

Workers at Green Valley Ranch, a luxury casino resort owned and operated by Station Casinos, voted to unionize on November 8 and 9, 2017. Green Valley Ranch is the fourth Station Casinos-operated property to unionize since 2015. Workers at a Station Casinos-managed tribal casino in California ratified a first union contract in October, 2015. Workers at two of its Las Vegas properties – Boulder Station and Palace Station – were unionized in September, 2016, and March, 2017, respectively. 

During the two-day election conducted by the NLRB, 730 workers voted by a landslide 78% “YES” for the union. Approximately 900 Green Valley Ranch workers will be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE. Station Casinos is the operating subsidiary of Red Rock Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRR).

Green Valley Ranch, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property, is the first boutique luxury resort built off the Las Vegas Strip, according to the company. Green Valley Ranch has approximately 495 hotel rooms, 2,295 slots, and 48 gaming tables and is owned and operated by Station Casinos, the third-largest private-sector employer in Southern Nevada with 10 casino hotels and 10 casino taverns in the region. Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ: RRR) became the parent company of Station Casinos through an IPO last year. The company is controlled by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who own 10-to-1 super-voting Class B shares of Red Rock Resorts. In addition to Boulder Station, Palace Station, and Green Valley Ranch, the company’s other casino-hotels in Las Vegas include: Red Rock Resort, Palms Casino Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, and Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho.

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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.

CulinaryUnion226.org / @Culinary226

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Media Contact: 

Bethany Khan ▪ BKhan@culinaryunion226.org ▪ (702) 387-7088

Workers at Green Valley Ranch Casino Resort Unionize

LAS VEGAS, NV – Workers at Green Valley Ranch, a luxury casino resort owned and operated by Station Casinos, voted to unionize on November 8 and 9. Green Valley Ranch is the fourth Station Casinos-operated property to unionize since 2015. Workers at a Station Casinos-managed tribal casino in California ratified a first union contract in October, 2015. Workers at two of its Las Vegas properties – Boulder Station and Palace Station – were unionized in September, 2016, and March, 2017, respectively.

During the two-day election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, 730 workers voted and 78% voted “YES” for the union. Approximately 900 Green Valley Ranch workers will be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE. Station Casinos is the operating subsidiary of Red Rock Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRR).

“Over the course of organizing, I’ve picketed, protested, and even fasted for seven days. I’m happy to have been able to help organize my coworkers and I felt so proud to vote “YES” for the union!” said Michael Wagner, a bartender who has worked at Green Valley Ranch since it opened in December, 2001. “I look forward to joining together with other Station Casinos workers in negotiations with the company so we can have a fair union contract soon.” 

“This latest victory by Station Casinos workers is a testament to the courage and resilience of working people,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union. “We welcome the new members to the Culinary Union, and applaud the Green Valley Ranch organizing committee for their hard work to get their co-workers to stand up and demand a better future for themselves and their families.”

“We voted ‘YES’ to join the Culinary Union because we deserve fair wages and good benefits,” said Gladis Sosa de Funes, a guest room attendant at Green Valley Ranch. “Everyone knows the Culinary Health Plan is the best health insurance in Las Vegas, and we want our families to have it.” 

In 2010, workers at Station Casinos started a public organizing drive. A super majority of workers in Culinary and Bartenders’ bargaining unit (which includes most of the hotel and food and beverage workers in a casino hotel) signed a public petition to demand a fair process to exercise their right to choose whether to unionize.

Recent changes to NLRB rules created new opportunities for workers to choose whether to unionize through NLRB-supervised secret-ballot elections even with the continued prospect of management interference, intimidation, bullying, and litigation.

Green Valley Ranch, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property, is the first boutique luxury resort built off the Las Vegas Strip, according to the company. Green Valley Ranch has approximately 495 hotel rooms, 2,295 slots, and 48 gaming tables and is owned and owned and operated by Station Casinos, the third-largest private-sector employer in Southern Nevada with 10 casino hotels and 10 casino taverns in the region. Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ: RRR) became the parent company of Station Casinos through an IPO last year. The company is controlled by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who own 10-to-1 super-voting Class B shares of Red Rock Resorts. In addition to Boulder Station, Palace Station, and Green Valley Ranch, the company’s other casino-hotels in Las Vegas include: Red Rock Resort, Palms Casino Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, and Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho.

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 is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with over 57,000 members - a diverse membership that is approximately 55% women and 56% Latino. Members -who work as guest room attendants, bartenders, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, and kitchen workers- come from 167 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 over 82 years.

CulinaryUnion226.org / @Culinary226

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