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THE NV INDY: Culinary to set up ‘informational pickets’ on the Strip; ask visitors to not cross lines

Culinary Workers Local 226, which has been involved in lengthy contract negotiations with the Strip's largest employers since April, plans to form “massive” informational picket lines in front of the companies’ resorts Thursday and will ask visitors not to enter the hotel casinos.

Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge, who has been leading the negotiations with MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts, said talks in the past week have been “very disappointing.”

Union members will set up the picket lines twice and each will last for two hours, beginning at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at three locations along the Strip. The picket lines at MGM’s properties will take place in front of New York-New York and Park MGM. There will be two Caesars protests; one picket line in front of Harrah’s, Flamingo and the Linq, and a second in front of the Horseshoe, Paris and Planet Hollywood.

Pappageorege said Monday the sides are “significantly apart” on salary and benefit issues and union members, who overwhelmingly voted to authorize negotiating committees to call a strike last month, want to send a message to the three casino companies that cover 38,000 non-gaming workers.

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