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LAS VEGAS SUN: Culinary continues to raise specter of strike against Las Vegas Strip resorts

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 is “putting the industry on notice” and prepared to set strike deadlines for workers at MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts if negotiations continue to come up empty, Ted Pappageorge, the union’s secretary-treasurer and chief negotiator, said Monday.

“We’re hoping for the best in bargaining,” Pappageorge told members of the media. “We’re working through proposals and preparing to bargain with the (resorts), but I think it’s time for the(resorts) to make significant moves if they really do want to try to resolve this without a strike. And that’s what we’re hoping to do.”


The unions are asking for a reduction in workload, the reinstatement of daily room cleaning standards following their decline because of COVID-19, a greater return to work of employees following the pandemic, protections when it comes to new forms of technology and substantial increases in wages and benefits.

“Right now, we are stressing that one job should be enough,” said James Loretto, who works in room service at Mandalay Bay, on Monday. “One person can’t do, or should not do, the job of three individuals. I should be capable of also being able to sustain myself in this city. The Las Vegas dream is not obtainable right now.”

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