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8 NEWS NOW: Culinary union announces strike deadline for Las Vegas union workers

Union Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge announced the strike deadline saying workers have been extremely patient and this is designed to send a message to the companies.

“We’re united and the companies can not function without these workers,” he said. “This is a strike and workers will walk out and they will not be working.”

The union which represents housekeepers, bartenders, kitchen workers, cocktail and food servers, porters, and more released a statement that said this will be the largest hospitality strike in U.S. history and will impact 35,000 workers.

Workers have been without a contract since mid-September and while the union leadership said there has been progress there currently are no additional “big table” negotiations scheduled. The strike deadline applies to all Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts, and MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas. The union is seeking a five-year contract for workers. The only exception is the Cosmopolitan, which was recently acquired by MGM and the employees are still under contract.

“No worker is willing to be shortchanged in this economy that Las Vegas is enjoying right now,” Pappageorge said. “Companies are making record profits.”

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