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PLAY USA: Casino Industry Must Heed Warnings Of Other Labor Strikes In Negotiations

Maybe MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment think they are immune to the year’s trends that have crippled Hollywood, the auto industry, several college campuses and some health-care companies.

If so, shame on them. They need to wake up to the very real prospect that the prosperity they have been reveling in — how many press releases have journalists covering gambling received touting record profits or lavish spending on new attractions? — could come to a crashing halt if they don’t get serious.

“These companies have the opportunity to step up to the plate and do the right thing, but we haven’t seen that yet for five months,” says Ted Pappageorge, secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Local 226, to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas before 95% of his members voted to authorize a strike.

Five months. I’d love to talk to whomever advised these companies to try to grind these unions. That’s just worked out so darn well for GM, Ford and Chrysler, no?

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