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Culinary Workers Union: Major Labor Dispute Continues to Escalate in Las Vegas with Fourth Largest Casino Employer

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, clergy leaders and union casino workers from the Strip and Downtown will join Station Casinos workers in a march through Summerlin to Red Rock Casino Resort to demand that Station Casinos stop treating their employees like second-class workers.

Station Casinos is the worst labor law violator in the history of the Nevada gaming industry. Station Casinos was found to have broken labor law and violated its employees’ rights 88 times by two administrative law judges of the National Labor Relations Board.

A majority of Station workers -in classifications represented by the Culinary and Bartenders Unions- have signed a petition calling for a fair process to decide whether to unionize free from management interference, intimidation, bullying, and litigation.

Station Casinos is the fourth largest private-sector employer in Las Vegas. It has nine large hotel-casinos located throughout Las Vegas. There is a major labor dispute at: Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Palace Station, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho, and Fiesta Henderson.

Red Rock Casino Resort lies in the heart of the Howard Hughes Corporation’s Summerlin Master Planned Community, which is poised for substantial commercial and residential growth. The casino resort is the flagship property and headquarter location for Station Casinos and thousands of union and Station Casinos workers have rallied and picketed at the property as a result of the high-profile and contentious labor dispute.

The Culinary Union has created an online resource about the on-going labor dispute at these Station properties: www.VegasTravelAlert.org/Stations. The public and event and conference planners are urged to contact the union to discuss labor-peaceful alternatives to utilizing these properties.

Culinary Workers Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent over 55,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The Culinary is one of the fastest growing private sector local unions in the U.S. and has just concluded negotiations for 44,000 workers 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.

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