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ON LABOR: NEWS & COMMENTARY October 23, 2023

Forty thousand members of Las Vegas’s Culinary Workers Union Local 226—including guest room attendants, kitchen workers, bell men, laundry, cooks, servers, and porters—have been working without a contract since September 15 and are prepared to strike for the first time in 39 years. Workers at 18 hotels and resorts owned by MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Encore Resorts are seeking raises and reduced hours. Vegas room rates have risen 95 percent while there has been an 11 percent decrease in resort industry jobs since 2019, forcing people to work more without a share of the resorts’ rewards. Workers without a contract held practice pickets down the strip last week to signal their preparedness to strike.

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