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VEGAS EATER: Thousands of Culinary Union Members Picket Outside Las Vegas Strip Casinos

Thousands of industry workers in Las Vegas took to the Las Vegas Strip today to picket in front of eight different casinos. Members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, one of the largest and most powerful unions in the country, are demonstrating in front of properties owned by the three largest gaming employers in the state as contract negotiations continue between the union and MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, and Wynn Encore Resorts.


The union is not currently on strike. The picket lines are intended to pressure the casinos into approving new five-year contracts that would include provisions such as pay increases, reduced workloads for housekeeping workers, expanded safety measures, health care, and job security in the event of another pandemic or economic crisis. The move to authorize a strike means that bartenders, cooks, cocktail and food servers, guest room attendants, porters, bellmen, laundry, and kitchen workers statewide could hit the picket line or strike at any time.

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