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LVRJ: Inflation weighs heavy on contract talks, Culinary workers say

Outside of Paris Las Vegas on Thursday morning, Culinary Local 226 and Bartenders Local 165 chanted “No contract no peace” in front of tourists pausing to navigate the heavy pedestrian traffic and Formula One-related construction in front of the Bellagio or to take selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower. The two picketing sessions on Thursday were not a work stoppage and a strike deadline has not been set, though union leaders can call for a strike at any time following a majority vote in September.

Workers say there’s a lot at stake. They’re negotiating for better pay and benefits, workplace safety measures, extended recall rights and adjustments to the “no-strike” clause. It comes at a time when members say they have to stretch their dollar or get another job to keep up with the cost of living.


Cherie Jackson, a guest room attendant at The Linq Hotel, said she took the job for pension benefits nearly a year and a half ago...

“Before COVID, that would’ve been an OK amount,” Jackson, who cares for her disabled father in their Henderson home, said. “But it seems like in the last year and a half the economy has just gone through the roof. I have to drive DoorDash after work to make up the extra money and pay my bills.”

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